‘No government in the world kills its people, unless it’s led by a crazy person': Syria’s Assad

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has denied ordering a crackdown against anti-government protesters, telling ABC News that most people who died in the unrest were his troops and supporters.

Assad, in a heavily promoted interview with ABC broadcast on Wednesday, said mounting international sanctions on Syria did not worry him and dismissed the United Nations as not a credible institution.

“We don’t kill our people … no government in the world kills its people, unless it’s led by a crazy person,” Assad told ABC’s Barbara Walters.

In the interview, which ABC said was his first one-on-one talk with Western media since the uprising began in March, Assad said he had done his best to protect the people,

“Most of the people that have been killed are supporters of the government, not the vice versa,” he said.

He said the dead have included 1,100 soldiers and police, ABC said.

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