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Syria's Hama marks 1982 massacre with general strike #Syria


The city of Hama in central Syria defiantly painted roads in red and staged a general strike on Thursday in memory of a massacre carried out by the regime 30 years ago, activists said.

“Hama is observing a general strike for the 30th anniversary of the Hama massacre which cost the lives of tens of thousands of civilians,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in a statement.

“Several roads have been painted red and the waterwheels marked ‘Hafez is dead while Hama has not disappeared,’” it said, in reference to the famous landmark of the city on the Orontes river and late president Hafez al-Assad.

Hama has been a symbol of revolt since the brutal suppression in February 1982 of an uprising by the banned Muslim Brotherhood against Assad, father of current President Bashar al-Assad, that cost an estimated 20,000 lives.

More than 6,000 people have been killed in a revolt against Bashar al-Assad which erupted in mid-March, activists say. The government says more than 2,000 members of the security forces have also died at the hands of armed gangs.

-AFP/NOW Lebanon