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Syria Denies Allegations It Harasses Assad’s Opponents Abroad

October 06, 2011

Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Syria rejected allegations by Amnesty International that the government has harassed Syrians living abroad to deter them from criticizing President Bashar al-Assad.

“There have been concerted efforts recently by individuals and the media to spread lies and distortions regarding the embassy of Syria,” Syria’s mission in Washington said in an e- mailed statement in response to an Oct. 4 report by the London- based human-rights group. “These preposterous allegations claim that the embassy is involved in targeting or intimidating Syrian expatriates in the U.S., which is absolutely untrue.”

Amnesty alleged that Syrian activists in the U.S., as well as in Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and the U.K., have faced intimidation by Syria’s diplomatic officials and that some of their relatives in Syria have been harassed, detained and tortured. Syria has been gripped by an uprising that started in March, with protesters demanding Assad’s ouster.

--Editors: Heather Langan, Louis Meixler

To contact the reporter on this story: Massoud A. Derhally in Beirut, Lebanon, at mderhally@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net.


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