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Updated: April 28, 2011 14:14 IST

200 quit Syria's ruling party to protest crackdown

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In this image made on a mobile phone, a security man searches the bag of a student at the entrance of Damascus University, in Syria, on Wednesday. Photo: AP.
In this image made on a mobile phone, a security man searches the bag of a student at the entrance of Damascus University, in Syria, on Wednesday. Photo: AP.

A resident of the city of Daraa said on Thursday that most of the resignations came from Baath party members in the town of Inkhil.

A human rights activist in Syria says more than 200 members have quit the ruling Baath party in the southern province at the epicentre of the country’s uprising to protest President Bashar Assad’s brutal crackdown on opponents.

Mustafa Osso says another 30 resigned in the coastal city of Banias.

A resident of the city of Daraa said on Thursday that most of the resignations came from Baath party members in the town of Inkhil. He spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing reprisals.

Syria’s uprising against Mr. Assad’s authoritarian regime started in Daraa, the provincial capital, on March 15.

Mr. Assad has tried to crush the revolt, the gravest challenge to his family’s 40—year ruling dynasty. More than 450 people have been killed across Syria in the crackdown, with 120 dead over the weekend.

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