By David Blair, Energy Correspondent
Published: May 29 2011 20:02
Hundreds of people have been killed since popular protests against the regime began in March. The army has responded to the unrest by opening fire on unarmed demonstrators in the countrys largest cities.
By continuing its commercial relationship with Syria despite the bloodshed, critics say that Shell is complicit in Mr Assads repression. Shell continues to work hand in glove with the regime. The people of Syria rise up for freedom, but this company has placed itself firmly on the side of corrupt dictators, said Lorenzo Paluello, a researcher for Platform.
The dependants of Shells expatriate staff have been evacuated from Syria in line with embassy advice, the company added. A spokeswoman declined to respond to criticism about the companys alleged complicity with Mr Assads regime.
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