A sign raised by protesters today: “Russia gives
Bashar international protection, Iran gives him weapons, and Arabs give him
Tuesday October 25, 2011
Pro-Assad militias are
conducting major sweep of the Ma’rrat Al-Nouman region in the Idlib
Province, after an operation by the Free Syrian Army against a loyalist
military convoy left 7 loyalists dead --- Units affiliated with the Free Syrian
Army have also carried out a “major operation” in Deir Ezzor City
against loyalist checkpoints, no word yet as to casualties.
opposition groups called for general strike throughout the country
tomorrow, to build on the success of the ongoing strike in Deraa/Hauran
Inhabitants of Damascus
woke up on Tuesday to see their dictator hung in effigy from several key
bridges around the city http://youtu.be/07sflrA-YAk
Elsewhere in the city, a small demonstration took place in the middle of the Hamidiyeh
Bazar. 15 of the protesters were arrested, but the point was made, not all is
calm and quiet in Damascus City.
A swirl of reports from
inside Syria claim that Colonel Hussain Harmoush, leader of the former Free
Officers Movement, had been executed in Damascus for his role in mounting
operations against Assad loyalists.
Other reports come from Yemen
and speak of the involvement of Syrian pilots in the Saleh-orchestrated crackdown
against his opponents. Syrian pilots have taken part in the Gaddafi-led
crackdown before the imposition of a no-fly zone.
“Rather than trying to dictate what the
opposition should do and vowing to not militarily intervene, the administration
would be better advised to focus on expediting the end of the regime.
Otherwise, years from now, Syrians might be burning American flags and asking
what Washington is doing to end the slaughter.”Please, for the love of humanity and
country, do heed this warning.
TWO NECESSARY CORRECTIONS AND A NOTE
today under the title “Syrian Opposition Calls for Protection from
Crackdown.” The title is misleading, as it gives the impression that something
new or unusual has taken place, but once you read inside, you realize that this
not the case:
In its statement, the Syrian National Council
also called for “international protection for civilians.” It did not define the
kind of protection but called for Arab and other international observers to be
allowed into the country.
This has been the position of the SNC all along:
ask for protection, but avoid going into any details. This does not measure up
to what the protesters in the streets have been demanding for weeks, namely:
the imposition of a no-fly zone, the creation of safe havens and providing
support for the Free Syrian Army.
The report goes on to say:
The council also called for a general strike to
coincide with the delegation’s visit and to start a new phase of civil
In reality, the idea of a general strike has
been championed by in-country activists, many of whom are critical of and/or
indifferent to the SNC. The sign below, captured from the one of today’s videos,
calls for the strike without referring to the SNC in anyway.
It is important to keep the following aside in
if your only sources of information on things related to the SNC are SNC
members and statements, then, you’re not getting the full picture, or even the
Ma’arabah banners: “Damascus pulls her Ambassador from
Washington, hahahah” “dialog will begin with Bashar’s departure” “Russia gives
Bashar international protection, Iran gives him weapons, Arabs give him time” http://youtu.be/6ANe5XaUR2Y