Dissidents Leave Syrian National Council

March 14, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Burhan Ghalioun leader of the Syrian National Council opposition speaks to the press in Ankara March 13. Two prominent members announced their resignation from the council on Wednesday (Adem Al Tan/AFP/Getty Images)

Just a few days after making calls for military intervention in Syria, two prominent members of the opposition Syrian National Council left the group’s ranks on Wednesday, media reports said.

The SNC was formed following widespread protests in Syria, which were met with force at the hands of President Bashar Assad’s security forces and army. However, the main opposition bloc in Syria has been hampered by infighting and disorganization since the uprising began a year ago.

“There is no council, it’s an illusion,” said Kamal al-Labwani, one of the people who left the SNC, according to The Associated Press.

Labwani accused the heads of the organization of “trying to build an autocratic rule inside the council.”

“There is no group work. Everyone is working by himself and the whole council has not met once,” he added. Labwani said another member, Catherine al-Talli, also quit, while dissident Haitham al-Maleh left because of a lack of overall cooperation, according to AP.

The news comes as Amnesty International released a report saying that systemic torture is widespread throughout the country.

“The scale of torture and other ill-treatment in Syria has risen to a level not witnessed for years and is reminiscent of the dark era of the 1970s and 1980s,” the group said.