Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Incident at Al-Rifai Mosque!

In the ongoing struggle in Syria, all sides are on the rope, even those who simply observe the ongoing developments from the safety of their illusions.

Friday August 26, 2011

16 were killed by security forces today in protests across Syria, as the situation on Damascus took a dramatic turn.

Death toll distribution: 3 in Idlib (2 in Kafrouma, and 1 under torture in Ma’arrat Al-Nouman), 2 in Deraa/Haruan (Nawa and Mleiha), 1 in Hama (a defector originally from Bosra), 5 in Deir Ezzor (4 in Deir Ezzor City and 1 in Qouriyeh), 2 in Damascus (Qaboun, Douma and Kafar Sousseh), 2 in Homs (1 by a sniper in Bab Al-Sibaa Neighborhood in Homs City and 1 during a security crackdown in the town of Al-Qseir), and 1 in Lattakia (Skantouri).

Links
“Qaddafi is gone, it is your turn Bashar!,” demonstrators screamed, according to accounts relayed from Syria, which has banned most foreign news organizations from reporting inside the country. Others shouted, “Bye bye Qaddafi, Bashar is next!,” and “Bashar, we don’t love you, even if you turn night into day!”
The Russian text put forward Friday proposes no sanctions, but rather calls on the Syrian government to institute promised reforms and on the Syrian opposition to enter into a dialogue with the government. The opposition has largely rejected calls for talks; a three-day national dialogue conference in July was boycotted by most prominent opposition figures.
A UN investigative team has wrapped up its visit to Syria, concluding that "there is an urgent need to protect civilians" from excessive force. The team, the first Syria has allowed in since a deadly crackdown on protests began in March, said there was no countrywide humanitarian crisis.

Al-Rifai Mosque in the neighborhood of Kafar Sousseh in Damascus remains a hotspot that still flares on occasions. Today’s flare-up, however, dissected below, have sparked sympathy protests around Syria for the first time, and might, therefore, prove a catalyst for greater agitation in central Damascus.

Kafar Sousseh / Al-Rifai Mosque: protesters were about to take to the streets chanting “We don’t Bashar” http://youtu.be/462uHCkG63U they were instead trapped by security forces and shabbiha http://youtu.be/mrbLiH-_mxY , http://youtu.be/R4mTYFrZqxc who soon stormed the mosque http://youtu.be/-XYbFUFn9u8 , http://youtu.be/CtPvRKpitUs , http://youtu.be/yQye1wHfiao , http://youtu.be/c14R4sA07-c A chaotic scene developed as worshippers scurried to block exits to prevent entrance of shabbiha http://youtu.be/u-v_aTP1wbo and to help the wounded who were it in the courtyard http://youtu.be/0QwUt-lMH7Q , http://youtu.be/F8z1WE1w5fQ , http://youtu.be/3mAhMjX2iqY The aftermath http://youtu.be/A-0YXl720I4 Shabbiha chant “Abou Hafiz” outside the mosque, cameraman enters mosque shows aftermath of attack as paramedics remove the body of a martyr http://youtu.be/IFIyPxKuh2M Eyewitness report that 1 worshipper was killed and 6 were wounded during the attack in which tear gas, electric tasers, batons, plastic bullets and live ammunition were used http://youtu.be/fIO_p20clcA The imam, Sheikh Osama Al-Rifai was reportedly assaulted and injured.  This is the scene from outside the mosque http://youtu.be/-YNdVmLj7bU One of the wounded http://youtu.be/ykiaCpQWO2s Another http://youtu.be/JdtDt0Z-vlY At dawn, locals carry out a campaign to tear down Bashar’s omnipresent posters http://youtu.be/jbyOj1q9fTk

Featured Videos

Members of the Free Officers Movement address the crowds in the town of Rastan in the Homs Province http://youtu.be/fcApBXfu9cw

Leaked video shows how army troops intentionally targeted the minaret of the Othman Mosque in Deir Ezzor City http://youtu.be/DF23vYjnFlU And the Assault on religious symbols continues with army troops opening fire on the minaret of Bin Nafei Mosque in Nazheen Neighborhood in Homs City http://youtu.be/4uaJ55jWzNY

In the neighborhood of Bab Amr in Homs City, among other places, protesters called out for a no-fly zone http://youtu.be/xganFxX0Md8 This is fast becoming a popular theme throughout protest communities.

A study in a pink in a small protest in Qaboun Neighborhood in Damascus http://youtu.be/FAExBqt7qbQ

DAMASCUS

In Qaboun a protester was killed by a sniper http://youtu.be/oYYwvAXHVyw

Security forces and shabbiha storm the neighborhood of Al-Hajar Al-Aswad at noon http://youtu.be/FI6GQOMszBg But locals came out anyway http://youtu.be/WzmutScZjDU and again at night http://youtu.be/iRbeqC3jvlQ

Security forces were also heavily present in Moadamiyeh http://youtu.be/lyrddJ8j7GM , http://youtu.be/SG_VpSyOyqg .

Qadam http://youtu.be/pNAIY5hlMBY Earlier in the day, security forces and shabbiha stormed the neighborhood http://youtu.be/Y5U3gQ6xBms In Al-Tall, protesters clash with security forces http://youtu.be/vzbd8jPwuHs

Daytime protests also took place in Arbeen http://youtu.be/76S8rDgRc24 and nearby Zamalka http://youtu.be/tQU8kPQ-nKo and Jobar where the local mosque was surrounded by security officers http://youtu.be/L1lGskvMGLo , http://youtu.be/ViCCpK0-0WE But people still managed to organize a protest http://youtu.be/Zwv8YVQglEU , http://youtu.be/jGIerJvzvto On the other side of town (south), protests took place in Kanaker http://youtu.be/Sju0MHJsH00 Qarrah http://youtu.be/R5RQAXk7j1I , http://youtu.be/wxSafvRHJA8 Assaly http://youtu.be/D5FaW3on-Ks Zabadani http://youtu.be/VWbv-YQ9yTg Madaya http://youtu.be/WQnOmYhWYNY Kafar Batna http://youtu.be/Rkf1OKogUYE Barzeh http://youtu.be/O0lLlak1dTw , http://youtu.be/BLeL0DidM5k Midan (Hassan Mosque) http://youtu.be/oED-P9TDwR4 Kisweh http://youtu.be/VAf9jEj2Q4g


In Douma, protesters put out a major daytime demonstration http://youtu.be/qlC1aESqWfg , http://youtu.be/2OtJL16uobw followed by a major nighttime demonstration http://youtu.be/0i6zLSasFeI , http://youtu.be/IED7xFEtaI0 before a fire engine helped disperse it http://youtu.be/K8EOHJNq48k The nearby Harasta fielded large protests of its own around the same time in the morning http://youtu.be/AX9hGbm-aMA , http://youtu.be/-J55dNNW-Nc , http://youtu.be/h2NwdiGMZCM and at night http://youtu.be/_zs4feo8qEE

Dawn of Aug 27

A flash protest in Midan (Hassam Mosque) at dawn of August 27 http://youtu.be/9SDBerfXOwI flash protest at Zahira http://youtu.be/tCA5FyihXus flash protest in Haqleh http://youtu.be/shZo5fkRLt8

HAURAN

Morning
In Nawa, tanks were all over the place http://youtu.be/C1u-m__ODng still, protesters prevented army troops from arresting one of their colleagues http://youtu.be/ZL4D-P2ASoI Protesters come under fire shortly after http://youtu.be/IEtvINExMFM , http://youtu.be/aDd6Jtiaz2I One was killed http://youtu.be/uk8gITaJBVU The barricades surrounding Nawa http://youtu.be/iSv9RBBn6cE

In Mleiha, protesters defy tanks http://youtu.be/Moykut1sYBs and come under fire http://youtu.be/Sahyrs1Az30 leaving several wounded http://youtu.be/4CBK1PoYaO8 The protest before the crackdown http://youtu.be/NCOgJOOof3I

In Khirbet Ghazaleh, protesters hang and set on fire an effigy of Assad http://youtu.be/iEczed6kJgE This is how the protest started http://youtu.be/A46dRVcAXPE , http://youtu.be/tosHFJ-VrJQ

In Ataman, children salute Bashar with their shoes and tell him “Bye bye, we want to see in The Hague” http://youtu.be/GJvGW-v6INs , http://youtu.be/SqnJL5NZObc , http://youtu.be/TWIfdSlQAlk

Al-Hraak: little girl leading prayers for salvation http://youtu.be/q39EF9EgKTk as protesters swear allegiance to the Revolution http://youtu.be/QhgsMJdj9e8 , http://youtu.be/eXT-Y13fxro


In Deraa City, soldiers were omnipresent and prevented people from gathering in the morning http://youtu.be/mO0kJF8VoD0 , http://youtu.be/Ow1bwPpmV88 But they gathered in another neighborhood http://youtu.be/dAh_JbF3o1M In Jassem, they did the same http://youtu.be/ot4hyYwQi_0 But, people still protested even as army troops looked on http://youtu.be/-bKacAd3X40 And, as we see below, protesters still came out at night in both cities.

Night
Thousands took in today’s protests in Tafas http://youtu.be/Ql4J28XOTmE In Taybeh, thousands gathered to listen to different speakers http://youtu.be/q4PH3YgiDhg , http://youtu.be/Uctmkho5lQ0 including this activist from the coastal city of Tartous who came to show solidarity http://youtu.be/p4UljjJr_cI and this one from Suweida http://youtu.be/omG5pIpoHao Sanamein http://youtu.be/cp8AFfDbUKg , http://youtu.be/zR7LunK7d98 , http://youtu.be/uSjG3v-Lf-g , http://youtu.be/kvJHXHhEwaU Da’el http://youtu.be/6AL63zr1q9k , http://youtu.be/cZ7ehnSWZvc Kafar Shams http://youtu.be/gmkIKDpYReA Nahteh http://youtu.be/qVvG9CPzAnM Khirbet Ghazaleh http://youtu.be/cp8AFfDbUKg , http://youtu.be/71KKbLdIvP4 Ghabaghib http://youtu.be/mO0kJF8VoD0 Jassem http://youtu.be/QUbtgUiay24

Dawn of Aug 27

IDLIB

In Kafroumah, tanks and troops intervened to disperse a noontime protest http://youtu.be/UHGM9yGe6lY , http://youtu.be/8xM_mJJeYtA and the crackdown left 1 martyr http://youtu.be/N3aA8EG7Vtw

Thousand take to the streets in Idlib City in the morning http://youtu.be/_f0BIJM2mVk , http://youtu.be/yVLIaY6_790 , http://youtu.be/ff0QLxyfRaY and again at night http://youtu.be/brVjQ5TdkH0 , http://youtu.be/ODZfVv7ssmM , http://youtu.be/X7CpKgAzAfQ  , http://youtu.be/KUQ74_tp0oo , http://youtu.be/N8meSTo-rrQ In Sarmeen http://youtu.be/uz0IMSRvPNo , http://youtu.be/KFiKkK79EbA during the day, the people of Sarmeen asked for international protection and congratulated the Libyan people http://youtu.be/UWkENOIkkIs , http://youtu.be/EQfT3DR8XU8 Taftanaz http://youtu.be/se3i62kZCJE (daytime) http://youtu.be/YMUqXmn-hec , http://youtu.be/_DRISympYp0 Kafar Nabbol http://youtu.be/StupH3CnkjU The people at Saraqib waved the independence flag from the top of a local minaret as they listened to patriotic songs http://youtu.be/H2eF4yGlTwI Jarjanaz (daytime) http://youtu.be/fQZH5Lfn1qE Jabal Al-Zawiyeh http://youtu.be/lgM36o0E8Yg Haass (daytime) http://youtu.be/gaYTnWAMHa8 Binnish (daytime) http://youtu.be/n-YiCyjb6Ys , http://youtu.be/01B_eVmd-EU Hzano (daytime) http://youtu.be/_AK6uUbfYaA Jabal al-Zawiyeh / Kafar Ouaid (daytime)  http://youtu.be/5DVbWPAL0NY Jabal al-Zawiyeh / Ibleen (daytime) http://youtu.be/SRUgq6J0eBk

Ma’arrat Al-Nouman held a funeral at night http://youtu.be/jGZ6TXASWNI for a colleague who fell during a crackdown in the morning http://youtu.be/dJda3LpNAzU , http://youtu.be/2_4lPmldKmA These are the likely culprits http://youtu.be/TEHGWBEDk5s and this was the demonstration before the crackdown http://youtu.be/IWRNP82rrlM  This is a daytime demonstration in a town near Ma’arrat http://youtu.be/D8evjwDPOtQ

Kafar Nabbol offers another martyr http://youtu.be/ovJlxhghLNc tanks roam the streets in the morning http://youtu.be/OnPXl-FU16w  Still, the defiant inhabitants a noontime demonstration http://youtu.be/2tiZyyCEwYk , http://youtu.be/BO0TH8MGJmY


ALEPPO

Sakhour http://youtu.be/skMWDrBAJmo , Atareb http://youtu.be/z3L0_thQBAs Security and shabbiha crowd the streets of Tal-Rif’at in the morning http://youtu.be/TCB1c7yNAjY Still, locals hold a protest at noon http://youtu.be/aIgptckHGAE Kobani http://youtu.be/qqldHQTEC_o

Dawn Aug 27

HOMS


In Bab Al-Sibaa daytime protesters http://youtu.be/Oam5N5sIjsY soon came under heavy gunfire http://youtu.be/pOb-MV5r35c



Thousands attended a nighttime protest in Palmyra/Tadmor http://youtu.be/8UyjjUwunmE

Dawn of Aug 27

DEIR EZZOR

A dawn protest in Deir Ezzor City http://youtu.be/PiEvuC3G6po Some of today’s martyrs in Deir Ezzor City http://youtu.be/Bovsq7-Uj5U , http://youtu.be/bEl6ptjH_Zk  A funeral http://youtu.be/cYJ1z8rulJY The earlier protest http://youtu.be/CpFV9l8EO8c , http://youtu.be/OnTuqsmmKVc , http://youtu.be/WQROOshSIgs Protesters raise banners critical of Erdogan vacillations http://youtu.be/w9bHvEMrT50 Martyr from Qouriyeh http://youtu.be/evlx_aVbegI Today’s protest in Qouriyeh http://youtu.be/TeQgJJmN8qM The protesters come under fire http://youtu.be/Gn_0e498_cM Albou Kamal held a nightly protest of its own despite the ongoing siege http://youtu.be/uBvlXXB0TEA

LATTAKIA

Security and shabbiha on the watch outside of a local mosque in Sleibeh Neighborhood: http://youtu.be/pdgMuZyd1ys The view from Mosque http://youtu.be/IyrwT30iyHQ At night, protesters still manage to organize a flash demonstration in the mosque itself http://youtu.be/O1H5_MnAJnA Traces of gunfire on residential buildings in Skantouri http://youtu.be/mqJJ41N1eMA

HAMA

Hama City: Bab Ibli http://youtu.be/IAnwdooSfgQ , Asrouniyeh http://youtu.be/SAVJJquFyF8 “We want our detainees” http://youtu.be/YDcmjo51B4Q People want international intervention http://youtu.be/0rY4cPoW7Yk (daytime) http://youtu.be/KgDnvn4xytE Latamneh (daytime) http://youtu.be/Ofu3DgmShIE

Elsewhere in the larger Province, Hilfaya http://youtu.be/Dnph60YGZSY , http://youtu.be/keQCOUWsUfg Taybat Al-Imam http://youtu.be/V0f5BCDDj8E Kafar Zita (daytime) http://youtu.be/wPQJJ9Wf304 , http://youtu.be/12tpS8uyqwk Salamiyeh (daytime) http://youtu.be/tpMv2jvy-vw

KURDISH REGION IN NORTHEAST