The Assads come under more sanctions as the domino effect of rebellion touches more and more communities across the country.
Monday 23 2011
The European Union follows U.S. lead and imposes sanctions on Bashar Al-Assad and ten of his top officials. The sanctions include assets freeze and travel bans. The list of names of officials affected will be announced tomorrow.
An anti-regime demonstration took place in the traditional neighborhood of Seif Al-Dawleh in downtown Aleppo. Protesters chanted “We take death but never humiliation,” and “the Syrian people are united.”
An all-women demonstration took place in the Damascene suburb of Douma.
Around 80 residents from detained by security forces in the city of Tabaqah in the northern Governorate of Raqqah.
Security forces are rumored to have tracked down and detained Sheikh Ahmad al-Sayasneh, the Imam of Deraa’s Al-Omary Mosque and one of the figures that played an important role in supporting the protest movement in Deraa. Al-Sayassneh is believed to be in serious risk of torture. Security forces had killed his son, Osama weeks ago for refusing to divulge the whereabouts of his father. The sheikh’s other two sons, Ahmad and Alaa have since been detained as well.
The province of Idlib is currently having its own Deraa moment. All the main towns and villages, and many smaller ones have witnessed large anti-regime protests, with the usual calls of “the people want to topple the regime.” The security response has been as mindlessly violent as usual, which, as expected, only led to infuriating the protesters and wide the scale of the revolution. Army tanks have already intervened in Jisr Ashoughour, and more are reported to be on their way. Again, it seems regime control doesn’t extend far beyond the shadows of its tanks.
The video from yesterday that showed the bodies of three people shot in the head as they tried to smuggle food to the besieged Deraa City were Palestinian refugees from the nearby camp.
Deraa / Basr Al-Harir / May 23: speaker praise the Palestinians and the Kuwaitis for their support of the revolution, as thousands of protesters chant “the people want to topple the regime.”
Deraa / Ankhel / May 23:scene from a mass grave uncovered on May 18. It’s not clear how many bodies were uncovered, but about 5 can be seen. The video can be made clearer by manipulating the exposure levels.
Homs / Baath University / May 23:students hold a sit-in calling for the release of rights activists, and in solidarity with colleagues who have been expelled from Aleppo and Damascus universities the restoration. The students tear down their ID cards and chant “No studying no teaching, until the president falls”
Lattakia / Al-Sleibeh / May 22: a small demonstration with protesters calling for toppling the regime. Army troops and security forces have divided the city into different cantons, and arrests continue to take place daily.