Saturday, June 11, 2011

Syria Revolts, Syria Rises!

As Syria witnesses its largest day of protest to date, Assad is unavailable and his spokeswoman says refugees in Turkey are “just visiting family.”   

Friday June 10, 2011

Eyewitnesses report 50 fatalities in Idlib (35), Lattakia (9), Deraa (3) and Damascus (3). Meanwhile, number of refugees who crossed into Turkey is said to have reached 3,000 and counting.

Assad select army units stormed various locales in the Province of Idlib, including Mouaraat Al-Nouman, Jisr Ashoughour and Areeha. Eyewitnesses report use of helicopters in the attacks. Main roads had been blockaded by protesters in the preceding days. Prior to their incursion into the city, soldiers set fire to local wheat fields. Refugees who crossed the Turkish border reports hundreds of casualties incurred over the last few days as a result of military operations, while vehemently denying any reports of violence by armed gangs.

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad knows full well that the popular movement that is demanding his exit is a mass uprising spread across the country, says Ammar Abdulhamid, a long-time Syrian activist who now lives in the U.S.
The Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists constitute less than a third of the opposition, Western spokesperson Ammar Abdulhamid told us: "What's emerging right now is a pretty pragmatic group. One thing Western leaders should understand; Islamists can neither be excluded from, nor can they dominate, the political scene in Syria."… "We still need to keep pushing for army support, and the idea is not to split the army along confessional lines - but to get the support of many Alawite officers and generals," Abdulhamid told us.

We might be heading towards a civil war in Syria, or, to be more precise, a balkanization of the region, but we are not there yet. The violence we are currently witnessing is a strictly one-sided affair and is perpetrated strictly by the Assads and their Death Squads who have so far committed a series of cold-blooded mass murders, one after the other, as world leaders watched and wrung their hands.

Meanwhile, Syria witnessed its largest day of protest to date. Even Aleppo made a good show of it.

Lattakia / Al-Ramel: heavy gunfire heard in this mixed neighborhoods of Syrian and descendants of Palestinian refugees.
Lattakia / Al-Ramel: gunboats take part in laying siege and bombarding the neighborhood. The activists can be heard saying: “this is not Tel Aviv or Gaza or Fallujah, but Al-Ramel… These are Bashar’s reforms.”
Lattakia: tearing down a big poster of Bashar Al-Assad
Lattakia: “the people want to topple the regime”
Deraa: “Oh people of the capital, we want a decisive Friday”
Deraa / Basralharir: army troops open fire into crowds chanting “the people want to topple the regime”
Deraa / Khirbet Ghazaleh: “Bashar is a traitor and will not rule us forever”
Deraa / Dael: “Long live Syria, Down with Bashar Al-Assad”
Deraa / Sanamein: “Bashar Al-Assad is a traitor”
Deraa / Abtaa: “the people want to topple the regime”
Hama: the people of Hama take full control of their city and remove a big statue of Hafiz Al-Assad from the city center. They replaced him with a donkey, as the second video shows.
Hama: 50,000 people take part in this demonstration in Al-Assy Square where last week over 100 protesters were killed by security forces
Idlib / Kafar Nabol: thousands take to the streets and call out “the people want to topple the regime”
Idlib / Banash: thousands repeat “the people want to topple the regime”
Idlib / Jisr Ashoughour: the city abandoned, just before army incursions
Idlib / Mouarrat Al-Nouman: city comes under fire from helicopters.
Idlib: burnt-out wheat fields and dead cows
Deir Ezzor: “the people want to topple the regime”
Deir Ezzor / Mayadeen: “Long live Syria, down with Bashar Al-Assad”
Banner in the beginning: “Leave, you child killer” “The people want to topple the regime”
“The people want to topple the regime”
Deir Ezzor / Qouriyyeh: “the people want to topple the regime” “Bashar Al-Assad: False”
Damascus / Qatana: “Sweet dreams Bashar”
Damascus / Al-Qadam: “Leave, leave” “the people want to topple the regime”
Damascus / Dmeir: protesters carry a banner thanking Al-Jazeerah, Al-Arabiya, BBC, France 24 and Orient TV for their coverage and another denouncing Syrian media for perpetrating lies.
Damascus / Midan: “Traitor is the one who kills his own people”
Damascus / Barzeh: Banners: “Too late for dialogue, the people have decided, down with Bashar”
Damascus / Kisweh
Damascus / Zabadani: “the people want to topple the regime”
Damascus / Douma: security forces posted in different parts of this hot-bed of protest in Damascus. Sill in the evening protesters took to the streets in the thousands demanding end to the regime
Damascus / Hammourah
Damascus / Qaboun: thousands take to the streets calling for end to the regime. They chase army troops all through the streets shouting “the people and the army are one hand,” until army troops are forced to the edge of town, at which point some of them take position, take aim and fire at the protesters, killing three according to eyewitness reports.
Damascus / Al-Hassan Mosque: “the people want to topple the regime”
Damascus / Al-Tal: security forces shoot and throw stones at protesters
Damascus / Saqba
Damascus / Darayyah: “the people want to topple the regime”
Damascus / Al-Hajar Al-Aswad: “We take death over humiliation” “the people want to topple the regime”
Damascus / Ruknaddine
Homs / Talkalakh: the rebellious border town recovers from recent crackdown and calls for end to the regime
Homs / Fairuzeh: sounds of gunfire cannot drown out calls of “the people want to topple the regime”
Homs / Talbisseh: Just one week after a major clamp-down, people came out to the streets and still repeat “the people want to topple the regime”
Homs / Bab Dreib: “Leave, leave” “Bashar is the biggest thief”
Homs / Ghouta: “the people want to topple the regime”
Homs: Lieutenant Tlas makes another video appeal and refutes claims by Syrian TV that he was forced to make his earlier videos under threats, then he goes on to reassure his parents that he is well and says victory is near.
Homs / Bab Al-Sibaa: “The people want to topple the regime” “
Homs / Khaldiyyeh
Homs / Qseer: “the people want to topple the regime”
Aleppo / University: “Syria is ours, it does not belong to the Assads” “the people want to topple the regime”
Aleppo / Sakhour: “the people want to topple the regime”
Aleppo / Izzaz: “the people want to topple the regime”
Qamishly