AP Interview: Syrian activist's son urges protest

October 9, 2011 - 9:55 AM
Mideast Syria

Syrian opposition members attend a Syrian opposition meeting in the Halboun area, near the capital Damascus, Syria, on Thursday Oct. 6, 2011. Some 75 opposition figures held a rare public meeting in which they called for the downfall of the regime. In a statement, participants at the meeting headed by prominent dissident Hassan Abdul-Azim said it was too late to talk about reforming the regime. The Arabic banners read:

SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq (AP) — The son of an assassinated Kurdish opposition leader in Syria says his father's death will encourage more Kurds in Syria to protest against the regime there.

In a telephone interview Sunday with The Associated Press from Irbil, Faris Tammo called on Syrian Kurdish groups to take a more active role in the country's nearly 7-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad.

Tammo has been living in Iraq's Kurdish autonomous region since 2008, when he fled Syria when his father was arrested.

His father, Mashaal Tammo, was assassinated Friday by masked gunmen.

Kurds make up 15 percent of Syria's 23 million people and have long complained of discrimination.