The return of protest demonstration to the town of Rastan comes as a clear indication that the only thing keeping the Assads in power is their tanks and militias. Only by neutralizing these elements can we hope to win this confrontation. The Syrian people want international protection, a no-fly zone, a safe haven, and everything that is necessary to help stop the killing and to help them rid themselves, and the world, of the Assads and their minions.
If this video from Jassem in the Deraa/Hauran Province reveals anything, it’s the nature of the crisis that Assads’ policies are generating within the army http://youtu.be/-bcLvs8iHac A view from within the crowd http://youtu.be/p-dsUwRQLCs “Look he’s calling in the tank” “Stop the tank” “for the sake of God don’t shoot” http://youtu.be/x4qZ-T32o8s The tank moves in nonetheless “don’t shoot you fuck” http://youtu.be/yZ83Q6NTYic “Be patient, be patient” http://youtu.be/tJPy4F0Cm34 As we can see from these clips, faced with the defiance of the unarmed protesters, some army troops are trying to get people to leave the streets, while others are opening fire in the air or straight at them. 2 protesters ended being killed in this situation http://youtu.be/A0onptooSzY , http://youtu.be/3KwvRTG9JXE This another http://youtu.be/qzBWSNzhoHo One of the wounded http://youtu.be/Fr-K3Q9MnNA This is an example of the situations that are precipitating defections all through Syria.
Brigadier General, Radwan Al-Malloush, from the Air Force Security Department confirms his defection, denies he was kidnapped by armed gangs as Dounia TV claimed, and announces the formation of a military council inside Syria and calls on all honest men in the military and security apparatuses to join it http://youtu.be/YHul3A6oBtI
The Free Syrian Army claims a new operation in Hama City (October 18): 10 soldiers from the Qashoush Brigade carry out an operation near the Central Prison, that leaves 40 loyalist dead when their convoy was hit with RBGs http://youtu.be/p4O87uKAL0I Sergeant First Class, Ibrahim Suleiman from Homs announces his defection and joins FSA http://youtu.be/37io2MEI7dY
Occupied Rastan in the Homs Province comes back to life and fields another protest despite the ongoing siege http://youtu.be/WMwx9er7bP4
In Moadamiyeh Suburb in Damascus, local students organized an after-school demonstration and collected stones to throw at pro-Assad militias if they showed up shouting “why are you afraid, God is with us” http://youtu.be/btD3oNGxhcs In Douma Suburb, thousands attend the funeral of a local activists http://youtu.be/YY2IIBbu8u4 , http://youtu.be/fGhJsvyj4Ec , http://youtu.be/5j0pwmjX7bs Mourners come under fire http://youtu.be/yeomXzAnjcg Meanwhile, the town of Dmeir in the larger Damascus Province, offers a new martyr who fell when security opened fire on a student demonstration http://youtu.be/9wvfp16jgcE the funeral http://youtu.be/XkziGOlkVnY , http://youtu.be/AvZOjJpTTIc In Midan District, another funeral http://youtu.be/J_gV7ZGjKv4