Under increasing international condemnation and scrutiny, the regime opts for a mere change in rhetoric, while the bloody security crackdown continues.
The most noteworthy aspect of today’s protest is the strong participation of cities and towns that are under siege and where crackdown over the last few weeks led to untold deaths and arrests.
Syria’s Kurds continue their support of the protest movement by taking to the streets in Qamishly, Amudeh and Dirbassiyyeh, calling for “new constitution” and for toppling the regime. In Derbassiyyeh, the protests took place despite an attempt by local authorities, including the local MP to assure protesters that Assad has promised him reforms.
But not only the Kurdish regions moved in the Northeastern parts of Syria, Deir Ezzor and environs stage large anti-regime demonstration, and so did Al-Hassakeh and environs.
To the East, Alboukamal along the border of Iraq staged its largest protest demonstration so far in the revolution.
As for Deraa City, despite army presence, heavy gunfire and continued shelling of the city, eyewitness report large anti-regime demonstrations, with people calling for toppling the regime. Perhaps that’s the biggest sign of all that the heavy crackdown is not working, and that contrary to assertions by Bouthaina Shaaban, the crisis is far from over.