The impunity of Assad’s security forces and loyalist militias have no limits, minutes after the departure of the UN human rights delegation, a massacre is perpetrated against the unarmed protesters, leaving 6 dead in Homs.
Homs City: the UN delegation paid a visit to Homs today where protesters received them in the old Clock-Tower Square, which they have redubbed Freedom Square http://youtu.be/JCY5OFfMAKA The protesters were quite animated and chanted “the people wanted to topple the regime,” “the people want to execute the President” and “peaceful, peaceful, Christians and Muslims.”
Protesters had expected the delegates to leave their cars and talk to them, and were disappointed when the delegation drove off without doing so http://youtu.be/8ErrUsw9aIY While one can understand the delegates’ decision to stay in their cars, shortly after they left, security officers and pro-Assad militias moved in, leaving the usual trail of blood http://youtu.be/h7i2yt8rD5Q
In fact, one of protesters explained the situation in English to one of the delegates who rolled down his window enough to listen: “We are protected now because you are here, when you go, they will shoot” http://youtu.be/XCZvyg54XIw
The wounded http://youtu.be/q9MzY-uF6MI , http://youtu.be/QoMdaBrGWto and the dead http://youtu.be/tsQSzG5P59E , http://youtu.be/5qY9tskhsCk , http://youtu.be/O7OAh2-AKmo
The development is now referred to by local activists as The International Delegation Massacre.
Reports in Arab press quoted an activist based in London as saying that the massacres took place away from the areas visited by the delegation, but eyewitness reports backed by the videos below show that the shooting did indeed start at the Clock-Tower Square minutes after the departure of the delegation, and later spread to other neighborhoods and suburbs http://youtu.be/GDngP-xCpc4 This is a close take of the same scene http://youtu.be/u2beJRdMa6Y , http://youtu.be/YHimW344PhA
And this a child getting hit in the same square minutes later http://youtu.be/L4R4r6Lj3qc This was the same child after he was pulled from the ground http://youtu.be/K2LUu5v7InY Here is a video of a young man in a different alley connected to the Square, we can see the Clock-Tower, he gets hit in the head by a bullet, but he remains conscious, asks his friends to carry him and urges them to carry on until victory as they put him in a car http://youtu.be/ArYF1gsWHk8
Here is a tank storming Bab Al-Sibaa http://youtu.be/YY2p5ERngk4 , http://youtu.be/UZvgm0SnCRc The cameraman was said to have been hit but is still alive http://youtu.be/9VUBcf549D0 Still, protesters near the town center managed to remove Assad’s poster from the entrance of the Municipality Building.
In Baba Amr, protesters carrying olive branches come under fire from troops and tanks. One of them attempts to cross the streets and is hit, but he manages to roll his way to safety http://youtu.be/J2u2uvlvLBc That’s another angle showing the man rolling to safety http://youtu.be/MmeJHxMNeAg The aftermath of shelling http://youtu.be/9bL8k4kfvHo After the crackdown, the neighborhood observes a strike http://youtu.be/HvEnevEgUgo and life returns to “normal” http://youtu.be/vm8JFHC6l8Y
In Bab Dreib, tanks were temporarily removed in anticipation of the visit by the delegation, but the fortifications are still visible http://youtu.be/TMEyHW3iclM
Elsewhere in the city, protesters hold a funeral for one of their own http://youtu.be/Zzw6gZ3vB0M This video shows clearly how a security officer fires at protesters to disperse them and prevent their return to the Clock-Tower Square. With this attitude, it’s no wonder that most injuries to protesters are head injuries even no snipers are involved http://youtu.be/DZ5k9vymIXE After getting dispersed, protesters decide to take their demonstration to the nearby Al-Hamidiyeh Street http://youtu.be/DmzGYMn_xfs , http://youtu.be/JrFO2YwlbMw
In Baba Amr, and despite the earlier crackdown, protesters took to the streets in the thousands carrying banners congratulating the Libyan people http://youtu.be/mlNnOa_yaQc and sending a message to the UN in English http://youtu.be/W_uZGZpyphc
But in the neighborhood of Al-Ghoutah, people spent the night serenaded by the sound of gunfire http://youtu.be/tJdmB-zU9p4