Second Syrian lawmaker quits in protest at killings

BEIRUT Sat Apr 23, 2011 9:10am EDT

A still image taken from an amateur video on April 22, 2011 shows protesters holding a large Syrian flag during a demonstration in Deraa. REUTERS/Amateur video via Reuters TV

A still image taken from an amateur video on April 22, 2011 shows protesters holding a large Syrian flag during a demonstration in Deraa.

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - A second Syrian lawmaker told al-Jazeera television on Saturday he was resigning from parliament in protest at the killing of demonstrators.

Lawmaker Khalil al-Rifaei joined his colleague Naser al-Hariri, both representatives of the troubled city of Deraa, and announced his resignation on air, saying it was because of the killings of pro-democracy protesters.

"Security solutions do not work," Rifaei said.

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