BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri condemned Sunday’s killings in Syria which left over 140 dead.
In a statement, Hariri said he considered the events as being in “conflict with all intentions to see brotherly Syria and its proud people overcome the present ordeal” and said Lebanon could no longer remain silent about the government’s crackdown on protesters.
“We in Lebanon cannot, under any circumstances, remain silent regarding the bloody developments taking place in Syria,” he was quoted as saying, “and we call on all concerned parties to rectify their position in order to enable the Syrian people to define their choices freely and within their humanitarian rights.”
Syrian forces killed at least 140 Sunday in what activists said was one of the bloodiest days of protest, including 100 in the flashpoint city of Hama, where in 1982 an estimated 20,000 people were killed when the army put down a revolt against the rule of President Bashar Assad's late father, Hafez.
“Silence on the international and Arab levels about what is happening in Syria, and in Hama in particular, whose people witnessed the worst massacre in the 1980s, does not establish the required solutions, but leads to the loss of more Syrian lives,” Hariri said.