Assad proves he is a liar and a hypocrite for the umpteenth time, still some in the international community, Israeli intelligence chief included, are willing to give him another chance.
“Nothing is ever settled until it is settled right” – Rudyard Kipling
THE VIDEOS SPEAK
Hama City / The Villas Neighborhood / July 5: armed with tanks and guns, Assad security forces face off against stone-wielding inhabitants.
Protesters force a retreat of Assad security forces on the Road to Aleppo
In other neighborhoods, the “clash” moves into the narrow alleyways.
If, like, you wonder what the hell are the snipers, such as the one seen here, taking aim at? Read this interview by CNN.
An example of a barricade
In one of the individual acts of vendetta championed by pro-Assad death squads, the Shabbiha, the local singer, Ibrahim Qashoush, who composed the song “Yalla, leave Bashar” (video below), was killed by having his throat slit. His dead body was found floating in the Orontes. Shabbiha gangs had previously targeted protesters who burnt Assad poster, and the Rastan kids who kicked around the head of the Hafiz Al-Assad status in Rastan, killing a few and chopping off their legs a lesson. The only lesson people are learning though is to act in even greater defiance of the Assad and to want more the end of their rule.
http://youtu.be/q60fZMKztXk (Qashoush’s song)
Just before sunset, Assad troops stream out of the City, not wanting to spend the night there. Protesters watch and shout Allahu Akbar. At the end of the shot, you can see, one of the troops pretending to shoot at the protesters. His sense of humor mimics that of his master.
The martyr Baha Fayiz Al-Nahar
The martyr Imad Khallouf
The first funeral
A small vigil reminds Assad that he cannot turn back the clock to 1982, tells him to “leave and let us live in peace,” denounces sectarianism, and asserts commitment to toppling the regime.
Homs City: protesters come under fire, as several fall.
Damascus / Al-Hajar Al-Aswad / July 5: A father returns from Saudi Arabia to visit family. Upon his return, he learns of the passing of his son on the previous night. His son was a protester. The an falls into a deep sorrow, the people of his neighborhood come out in droves to his place and camp outside his house, shouting: we are all your children Abou Salem. Many of the inhabitants in this traditional neighborhood are descendants of the original refugees from the Occupied Golan Heights.
The local residents then take an oath to protect the revolution to last drop of blood. Taking such an oath has become customary by now, a ritual repeated in every protest community.
Damascus / Baghdad Street / July 5: a small all-women demonstration with participants chanting “Hey Yallah, we only kneel before God” and “the people want to topple the regime”
Damascus / Al-Tall / July 5: an all-women protest in this conservative suburb. “Freedom never fears death”
Idlib / Binnish / July 5: as army troops storm neighboring Kafar Nabbol, the residents stage a protest
Idlib / Khan Shaikhoun / July 5: not to be outdone, the residents of Khan Shaikhoun stage their own protest as well.
Idlib / Saraqib / July 5
Al-Qamishly / July 5: as security forces move into other Kurdish neighborhood in the north, this majority-Kurdish city in northeastern Syria stages a vigil in support of Hama.
Al-Hassakeh / Amoudeh / July 5: recent introduction of additional security forces into their midst fail to intimidate the inhabitants of this majority-Kurdish town, as they stage a large anti-Assad vigil.
Baniays / Al-Baydah Village / July 5: children chant “the people want to topple the regime”
Rayhanly Camp / Turkey / July 5: this child says army troops broke his arm as he was fetching a few things for his Mom from their house in the town of jisr Ashoughour, still very much a ghost town, despite Assad propaganda. He says they left him there on the ground and did not try to help. He says he hates the army.
Rayhanly Camp / Turkey / July 4: residents of Khirbet Al-Joz who fled to Turkey belie reports on Syrian TV that they have returned to their village and say that the people who were interviewed on TV were not inhabitant of the village.
Rayhanly Camp / Turkey / July 4: refugees organize a protest asking Assad to leave
Meeting of Syrian-American Community in Los Angeles / Jun 26
VIGILS IN SUPPORT OF HAMA / JULY 5