Sunday, October 16, 2011

Just Another Day in the Revolution!

While waiting for Godot and the opposition to do something worthwhile, the daily routine in Syria can be summarized as follows: defiance on the one hand, impunity on the other, and blood is spilled in between, as hope rises and sets like the burning sun, a promise that can never to be touched or fulfilled.

Saturday October 15, 2011

13 were killed today, 3 in Homs City, 3 in Kafar Nabbel in Idlib Province, 1 in Jabeileh in Deir Ezzor Province, and 2 in Damascus, as pro-Assad militias continued their crackdown against unarmed protesters.

In Damascus, two mourners were killed and several were injured when security officers fired at a crowd of over 10,000 protesters, including many women, attending a funeral for Ibrahim Shaiban, the child who was killed in Friday. Eyewitnesses report that many Palestinian refugees took part in the funeral today, and that the second mourner to be killed was indeed Palestinian. Tensions in the Palestinian Camp of Yarmouk are reportedly high as people prepare to bury their dead on Sunday. The death toll might rise by then as 4 of those injured are reported to be in serious condition. The young actor Jalal Al-Taweel has reportedly attended the funeral as more young artists and actors throw their support behind the Revolution. The Palestinian community is divided on the revolution, with most being quite sympathetic, but the fact they are considered refugees, even though they were born in Syria, create a legal complication that makes of the local leadership wary about their future. Still, young Palestinian activists supported the protest movement in Deraa City, Damascus, Hama, Homs and Lattakia.

In Homs City, three protesters were killed in security operations in the Old Town, in the neighborhood of Karm Al-Zeitun, Bayadah, Khaldiyeh, Bab Al-Sibaa, Baba Amr and Insha’aat. The dead include a pregnant woman, but her child was reportedly saved by local doctors.

In Jbeileh, security officers chased and killed a known local activist.

Links

What does the Everyday looks like in Syria these days? Pretty much like this:

One of the protesters killed during the funeral for the martyr child, Ibrahim Shaibani, that took place in the Midan District in Central Damascus on Saturday: http://youtu.be/tsYo2z5MEe8 Closer look http://youtu.be/JLvVnyUwRx8 This is was the funeral before the crackdown http://youtu.be/q4A4CE8B69Q , http://youtu.be/l77TGF3Vj-M , http://youtu.be/R5_8O-hwexY A view from inside the crowd http://youtu.be/Ryymj_k8-1E , http://youtu.be/qu_T_XphU9s Women participation http://youtu.be/QjAqzOGoxRQ People lift their shows in the air as a sign of rejection of Assad http://youtu.be/r82sUc4_D6g People wave a large independence flag http://youtu.be/3CL-YGg9jK8 Ibrahim http://youtu.be/4Wa6A2dKh7E Burying Ibrahim and the flag http://youtu.be/VKvt_cKysX0 Protesters come under fire http://youtu.be/11l84iEt0k4 One of the wounded http://youtu.be/jo_-l4Pgvu8 Protesters throw stones at security http://youtu.be/NLyLorbs4mI , http://youtu.be/rYW7hnMLzkQ they eventually storm the security officers and the pro-Assad militias out http://youtu.be/GM3by2el8M4

In Homs City, pro-Assad militias take their war to the suburb of Deir Baalbeh with tanks and heavy artillery shelling the residential neighborhood http://youtu.be/MTCRUTnQ3OI.

Elsewhere in the City locals held a funeral in Karm Al-Zeitun http://youtu.be/sRROyvuUhY8 a martyr who fell today in Baba Amr http://youtu.be/Gufhfvkv_yg His funeral http://youtu.be/CsroHodsXrU a martyr from Bayadah http://youtu.be/OSnGiMxRE_4 Loyalist army troops move into Bab Al-Sibaa http://youtu.be/wUsoe0v5HqE Same in Khalidyeh http://youtu.be/afNAwEQWE-k where security officers stopped microbuses used for local transport and searched passengers http://youtu.be/hyswPDv02zw Pro-Assad militias storm the Mreijeh Mosque in Bab Al-Sibaa and chase out worshippers http://youtu.be/2nx2OnFLWVw then they write on its walls “Assad is the God of Syria, worship no one else” http://youtu.be/rhUkNMfM8Dw Choppers were used in transporting troops to the City http://youtu.be/N2WjhBgxf58

Still, locals take to the streets at night: Baba Amr http://youtu.be/-AdV-L--thA The banners carried by the protesters in Baba Amr are interesting in their call on Saudi monarch to recognize the Council, on the Arabs to speak out, and on leaders of the SNC itself to stop dithering: people want international protection, with all the trimmings http://youtu.be/15sj5wXiJqc To drive the point home, protesters in Khaldiyeh carry a banner saying “no-fly zone and a safe zone are legitimate demands” http://youtu.be/TyXGgpZ3Fh4

Protests also took place in Deir Baalbah despite the earlier shelling http://youtu.be/wclY1NyvLeQ Bayadeh http://youtu.be/gYPNVM-mPJ0 Ghoutah http://youtu.be/P3PBDLswU64 Insha’aat http://youtu.be/8zfOwIQG1X0 Qoussour http://youtu.be/E6SNG_tzNgE Shammas http://youtu.be/4PocQwNQMVM Wa’er http://youtu.be/3w-34gd4Z-g

In Idlib City, protesters carry banners calling on Arab Foreign Ministers to endorse their demand for a no-fly zone and a safe zone http://youtu.be/aKMglH4_xb0

In Deraa/Hauran, in Da’el, locals held a mas funeral for some of Friday’s martyrs http://youtu.be/EFIe1rPhqIE , http://youtu.be/qZq_8kYdNuw In Ankhel, locals did the same http://youtu.be/U8u9oh1KJvc  One of Ankhel’s martyrs http://youtu.be/bAKURCbTRgI New scenes from Friday’s clashes in Ankhel http://youtu.be/IjUGrxI2SDw In Deraa City, long under Assad occupation, people organize a small demonstration in support of Ankhel and Da’el and carry banners calling for a no-fly zone http://youtu.be/kSJEapQKcBg

A clip from a funeral on Friday for a local activist in Da’el shows the mother cursing “Damn our soul Hafiz” http://youtu.be/PWs5a7Ag9qQ This is how the activist fell, during a standoff between unarmed protesters and tanks, in which protesters shouted “the Syrian army is a traitor” http://youtu.be/uSRd--l3tFc , http://youtu.be/Dgx4xrvZOLM  

In Khirbet Ghazaleh on the morning of Sunday October 16, the local imam issues a call for civil disobedience from the local minaret and encourages residents to observe a general strike http://youtu.be/gi_32aN-n-U

In Deir Ezzor, in Jbeileh, pro-Assad militias torture and kill Ziad Obeid, a local activist http://youtu.be/lIWAVA7E1r8

The Free Syrian Army claims several operations in and around Aleppo, including one that targeted a caravan of security officers on their way to the suburb of Anadan to quell the local protests. The operation was carried out by the Ababeel Brigade led by Lieutenant Ammar Al-Wawi who said that 4 loyalists were killed, and that the operation led to an exchange of gunfire with loyalist inside the local hospital http://youtu.be/SXFpXs6gaZc  Protesters had come under heavy gunfire on Friday http://youtu.be/Xfa_o5bJbOU And again today http://youtu.be/NPKK5vXHuMY protester held another funeral at night http://youtu.be/pK_KXJyuFLQ

In this video, the Khalid Bin Al-Walid Brigade of the FSA, claims that the battle of Rastan led to killing 750 loyalist troops, and destroying 48 tanks and armored vehicles. The killed also included 2 Generals related to the Assad and Makhlouf family, one of them was already a captive taken by the defectors 3 ago, which is probably why the city and its surroundings were spared for all this time http://youtu.be/TqXtGGIfbpM The figures are clearly exaggerated, but the killing of several loyalist troops including the 2 generals, as well as the destruction of a number of tanks and armored vehicles is supported by eyewitness reports. Be that as it may tanks returned to the city earlier today http://youtu.be/N9zJdocUhCs

Here we have Bashar Al-Assad himself announcing his defection from the Syrian army, because it’s doing a miserable job and has only killed 3,000 protesters so far. He says he will be joining the Israeli army because it has nuclear and can take of this miserable revolution http://youtu.be/XOt2lwzDCX0

A new tactic in nonviolent resistance: protesters collected large amounts of cash and re-injected them into the market, after writing some interesting revolutionary slogans such as “Curse your soul hafiz” and “the people want to topple the regime” http://youtu.be/IFnYrLE4oD8


HOMS PROVINCE: Houleh http://youtu.be/T46yqKzl55Q Tadmor (Palmyra) http://youtu.be/syK0I7_AVIo Qseir http://youtu.be/0Pl3R0i6to0 In Talbisseh, a renewed crackdown leaves several wounded, this is the only video we received http://youtu.be/fQdUzoHz2wk



DAMASCUS: Harasta http://youtu.be/Ko-HmLphsso Madaya security forces storm this restive town in the larger Damascus Province http://youtu.be/NjGyrNFiqOA Kafar Sousseh http://youtu.be/pJyCNTee7po Snipers on rooftops in Douma http://youtu.be/baNq7qhWisE , http://youtu.be/jjBvu5hPoOE , http://youtu.be/7_wikgChDnM and in the streets http://youtu.be/vSGIHinrYZU Saqba “we want international protection” http://youtu.be/SW8lFlCscoM Misraba (Friday) http://youtu.be/CGXi1jxMVkI In Daraya, plainclothes security officers make sure that students don’t demonstrate at end of school day http://youtu.be/_2gf3CC2W3g  

DEIR EZZOR: Qrayah http://youtu.be/xwIb6MgJ5SE