At least eight mourners were shot dead on Saturday as Syrians swarmed the streets to bury scores of demonstrators killed in massive protests and world leaders denounced the bloodshed.
Activists said the death toll from Friday’s nationwide protests could reach 100 and expected fresh protests to form after the funerals.
Friday’s deaths signalled no let-up from President Bashar al-Assad, whose forces used live ammunition and tear gas against demonstrators nationwide, witnesses and activists told AFP.
The bloodshed erupted as tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets for “Good Friday” protests to test long sought-after freedoms a day after Assad scrapped decades of draconian emergency rule.
The Syrian Revolution 2011, a motor behind the protests, marked the tone Saturday by posting on its main Facebook page a black banner with the word “Mourning” in English and Arabic.
Snipers also pinned down mourners in the northern Damascus suburb of Douma, killing at least three people on Saturday, a witness and a human rights activist there said.
MPs resign in protest
Two Syrian members of parliament from Daraa, Khalil al-Rifai and Nasser al-Hariri said on Saturday they were quitting parliament in protest at the bloodshed in their country.