Arrests and Intimidation as Deraa and Banyas move to their own beat.
If hundreds of arrests in Deraa City, Douma and Homs don’t count as noise, even though they were accompanied by barrages of gunfire and clashed with local inhabitants in Al-Bayadeh Neighborhood and surrounding areas in Homs, don’t count as noise, than things were relatively quiet in Syria today. But it’s another quiet before another storm hits. Tomorrow is set to be a day of morning in Douma as inhabitants bury the dead. As these words are written, already reports of gunfire in that Damascene suburb whose inhabitants are always proud of their critical role in opposing the French occupation, have trickled, although no further details are provided.
Meanwhile, inhabitants of Banyas City on the coast, a mixed city of Sunnis and Alawites, continue to hold their festival of liberation through the city’s main streets, with little interference from authorities, belying rumors of sectarianism.
Many of the videos below cover events that took place on April 1st. The videos from Banyas are from today, and leave no room for doubt that this is an anti-Assad movement that unites people from across the sectarian divide: Sunnis and Alawites.