After Hama, Damascus seems the next likely flashpoint.
Just in: eyewitnesses from Hama City report that a 40-day old baby is currently being held by security officers as a hostage until his mother agrees to divulge the whereabouts of her husband, who is wanted on suspicion of taking part in the protests.
So much for talk of Salafist elements and armed gangs! For if such was the case, then, these people have just missed out on a golden opportunity to target two high-ranking western officials.
Moreover, the protesters have just shown how easy it is for Western governments to win them over and to make this a pro-Western revolution and not simply an Anti-Assad one. What happened on Friday in Assy Square was an amazing historic movement: the protesters who mere days ago had burnt the Iranian and Hezbollah flags receive An America ambassador with flowers and olive branches, and they did it spontaneously, they were not told to do it. This is what being on the right of history and doing it the right way gets you.
A while back I have argued against the continuing presence of Ambassador Ford among other western ambassadors in Syria, but now, thanks to this brave move, they have made a strong counter argument, and have shown us all how their presence can indeed be useful. What is needed now is consistency.
SATURDAY JULY 9
Homs / funeral for protester Muhamamd Al-Karraz
Deir Ezzor City / Midlej Square: a major vigil in support of Hama
Deir Ezzor / Qouriyyeh
Deir Ezzor / Albou Kamal: another major vigil/festival
Idlib / Jabla Al-Zawiyeh
Damascus / Zamalka
Damascus / Jobar: “Long live Syria and down with Bashar Al-Assad”
Damascus / Douma: “Get out Bashar, there is no dialog”
Damascus / Harasta
Damascus / Kisweh
Damascus / Midan
FRIDAY JULY 8