Saturday, December 31, 2011

The March to Freedom Square!

While Arab League monitors might eventually fail in achieving their specified objective, one which they themselves seem unable to define, their mere presence on the ground has served to galvanize the protest movement, by giving protesters a new focus for their frustration and hopes – an unintended consequence perhaps, but a welcome one nonetheless.

Friday 30, 2011

Today’s death toll:  32. The Breakdown:  9 in Hama City, 6 in Deraa City, 5 in Homs City (protesters who were arrested on Thursday), 4 in Tal Kalakh (Homs Province), 6 in Idlib Province, and 2 in the Damascene Suburbs of Daraya and Moadamiyah. 24 four people were injured in the Damascene Suburb of Douma when loyalist security officers used nail bombs when dispersing a local protest rally featuring 50,000 participants.   

Arab League monitors toured the provinces of Idlib Hama and Deraa/Hauran. Over 1 million protesters took part in this Friday’s rallies, including close to 250,000 throughout the Idlib Province. Over 500 separate rallies in total took place throughout the country.

Maj. Gen. Riad Al-Ass’aad, leader of the Free Syrian Army, announced that he had issue a directive stopping all offensive operations during the AL monitoring mission expressing hopes that the final report would prove “professional” and fair.

The Syrian National Council and the National Coordination Committee sign an agreement to unify their efforts. The first article of the agreement rejects any “foreign intervention that undermines the sovereignty and independence of the country,” but does not consider Arab intervention to be a foreign intervention.

Tunisia has reportedly closed the Syrian embassy in Tunis on Wednesday ordering the Assad’s ambassador to leave the country.

The general Strike continues to be observed throughout protest communities.

Homs in grief after 'eye of truth' dies Comment: By the time he passed away, Basil had already inspired so many to pick up their cameras and do what he does: let the images they capture convey the truth of what's happening in Syria to the world, and to History. That’s truly a wonderful legacy. Basil managed to document even his own death

The town of Kafrenbel in Idlib Province, December 30, 2011
For their part, the inhabitant of nearby Sarmada, demonstrates how justice can best served at this stage


Residents of Baba Amr tell AL monitors about their living conditions and their arrests of their sons This man tells monitors all about looting by loyalists This woman speaks of witnessing summary executions This man inquires about the fate of detainees Later, people held a mass protest rally , , And snipers took their usual blood tax

Thousands rally in Bab Al-Sibaa after weeks of loyalist-imposed blockade A group of new defectors address the crowd Then they are carried on the shoulders

A protest rally in Qoussour , is carefully watched by Loyalist security officers and s finally dispersed ,

Protesters in Ghoutah come under fire Protesters in the Clock-Tower Square are dispersed Protesters in Dablan come under fire

The “water” used in the crackdown against protesters seem to contain acid that burns through the cloths and burn the skin



Protesters in the village of Joseph in Jabla Al-Zawiyeh come under heavy fire but remain defiant

People from all over the province go by car and on foot to Idlib City to receive AL monitors with a mass rally , , People chanted saying “ the people wan tot liberate the country” Soon, they came under heavy fire , , , and the cameraman is shot Another martyr falls A chaotic scene , Saving the wounded An injured child Black smoke fills the sky over the city

Meanwhile, the inhabitants of the town of Kafrenbel deliver another potent message:


Protesters in Hadir are dispersed , Loyalists shoot at protesters The crackdown leaves several wounded and dead , , A child martyr Another martyr Another martyr A man with a serious chest injury Another martyr Moving the wounded and the dead ,

The usual deadly game of cat-and-mouse between snipers and protesters trying to cross the streets take place with deadly consequences ,

Worshippers in the mosque are not spared Whose dead child is this?

A funeral in Bab Qibli Protesters chanted “the people want international protection”

A foreign correspondent pays a visit to Aleppo Road  where this rally took place the rally was dispersed using water canon And other means, the kind that kills A woman martyr Another one is killed on camera But protesters remain defiant

Staring contest between loyalists and protesters in Eleilat Neighborhood

Protesters in Sabouniyeh are attacked as well , They come under fire ,  

At night, more rallies take place: Frayeh Kazoo Bab Qibli


Rallies: Taybat Al-Imam words on ground “We seek freedom and peace, we are neither thieves nor bandits” Hilfaya Saudran Mourek Khattab Kafar Zita Karnaz Ellatamneh Madeeq Ma’ardis Tweini Treimseh


Douma’s protest rally , , comes under attack from loyalist troops , , The cameraman is hit while filing the crackdown A child is seriously injured , Nail bombs were used as these injured protesters shows Saving the wounded Local hospital refused to receive the wounded Protesters stand up to loyalists All these developments happened after the arrival of AL Monitors

Loyalist security troops enter the town of Ain Terma where locals destroyed on Thursday an Assad sculpture

In Harasta Protesters wait for AL monitors with olive branches and release pigeons the celebrate their arrival , , , Then they hoist the monitors on their shoulders

Rallies: Major Rally in Hamouriyeh in Saqba  Zamalka

DAMASCUS – SOUTHERN SUBURBS: loyalist troops invade the town of Qatana , In Kisweh, loyalists open fire on protesters



A local mosque in Daraya Suburb where some protesters were gathering was quickly besieged by loyalist security officers  Elsewhere, protesters come under fire leaving several wounded, including this young man , Loyalists in action

A rally in Al-Hajar Al-Aswad is broken up by loyalists , Protesters come under heavy fire but remain defiant A martyr Locals burn a security checkpoint The neighborhood is mixed, but security officers taking part in the crackdown are derived mostly from Alawite residents, naturally, this stokes the sectarian firs. A protester in this video is heard calling out at security officers firing at him: “you Alawite dog!”

Loyalist security forces disperse a protest in Midan Elsewhere in Midan, another rally takes place And the mosque of Zein Al-Abideen, another one begins “God Protect the Free Army”

At dusk, a small rally in Old Mazzeh was fired on leaving few wounded

DERAA CITY: Loyalist security officers break up a rally in Qoussour Neighborhood A martyr

In Sadd neighborhood, AL monitors arrive , , One of them admits on camera to have seen snipers position around town, and demand that authorities do something about that within 24 hours He also urges protesters to tell him their demands otherwise, the mission would be useless.

Nighttime crackdown , , , leaves martyrs The clashes went on for hours as protesters tried to reach Al-Omari Mosque to no avail The AL monitors were stationed at the Mosque, people wanted to tell them their stories

DERAA/HAURAN: Attempts at breaking up a rally in Ankhel paves the way for clashes between stone-wielding protesters and armed loyalists Sanamein security patrols are omnipresent

DEIR EZZOR: Loyalist troops storm into the town of Tayyaneh Despite heavy security presence elsewhere in town, locals in Qouriyeh still manage a small rally Gharaneej

Albou Kamal Loyalists fire at protesters

ALEPPO: Aleppo City (the Great Mosque) Kallasseh Loyalists attack protesters in Salaheddine

Loyalists storm through the town of Elbab

Lattakia City loyalist militias patrol the neighborhood of Sleibeh Chasing after protesters near Hussein Mosque Elsewhere, loyalists demonstrators stop traffic

RAQQAH: Tabaqah

Friday, December 30, 2011

Impunity Still His Namo!

If today’s developments carried with them any message it’s that the Assads have decided to completely disregard the presence of AL Monitors and go ahead with the usual business of firing non-discriminately at protesters where they might be, even in the presence of monitors.

Thursday 29, 2011

Today’s death toll:  35, including three women and 2 children. The Breakdown:  14 in Rural Damascus, 9 in Homs City, 10 in Hama City and 2 in Ma’arrat Al-Nouman in Idlib Province.

Local human rights organization have documented over 130 deaths, including 6 children and 4 torture cases, since the arrival of AL monitors in the country.  

General Strike continues to be observed throughout protest communities.



Baba Amr: local  activist, Khalid Abou Salah, informs AL monitor that the first thing they need in the neighborhood is bread and food. The neighborhood has been under blockade for weeks, and the only reason locals managed to find food over the last few days, was the presence of the monitors One of the monitors recount how the locals in Bab Al-Sibaa Neighborhood had protected them yesterday Later the monitors spoke to a person who had just been wounded by a sniper attack Saying goodbye to a new martyr , An injured child But at night, people took back to the streets

In Khaldiyeh, a local protesters saying goodbye to his martyred brother Meanwhile, the locals keep the momentum of their protests going by holding their daily rally

In Bab Al-Sibaa, protesters are fired at even with the AL monitors tours the neighborhood A martyr from Sifsafeh street in Bab Al-Sibaa

Rallies Shammas Bab Al-Sibaa , , Wadi Arab an all-women protest Deir Baalbah Wa’er Malaab Bab Houd A banner says “We support the Free Syrian Army, we want the Syrian National Council to support too”

HOMS PROVINCE: A new defections in Rastan, this time a Circassian officer More defections by officers from Homs and Deir Ezzor

HAMA CITY: Protesters try to return to Assy Square Coming from Hamidiyeh and other neighborhoods Snipers were looking over the protesters Crackdown ensures and forces people into the side-streets leaves this martyr and these wounded , , A woman martyr

Protesters in Jizdan Neighborhood came under fire as well The shooting intensifies

People reorganize themselves in Hadir (Hamidiyeh) and stage a funeral , , Snipers on the Roof Another martyr

Loyalists shooting randomly from moving trucks in March 15 Street

In Bayad, people hold an impromptu funeral for a new martyr

People take back to the streets at night: Janoub Al-Malaab Frayeh Bab Qibli

IDLIB: The inhabitants of Kafrenbel defy tanks and gunfire , One of the wounded

Two martyrs fall in Ma’arrat Al-Nouman This is where they were killed by Assad loyalist troops This is their funeral

Khan Shaikhoon holds a funeral for a local activist ,

Digging out a bullet from the hip of a child in Ariha

Protesters in Idlib City gathered in the thousands waiting for the AL delegation , , They carried olive branches Local security prevented protesters from taking over the Square, so they stood in front of the local court and chanted “the people want to execute you, Bashar” Later, they did take over the Square At night, locals hold a funeral for another martyr Later, they were kept awake by sporadic gunfire ,

Protesters in Saraqib come under fire And the city gets pounded

Protesters in Haass as well leading to injuries

A man killed by Assad border patrols as he tried to cross into Turkey

DAMASCUS – EASTERN GHOUTAH: Protesters in Douma who came out to receive the AL delegation come under fire as they chant “peaceful, peaceful, freedom, freedom” The martyrs , , , Another martyr Efforts to save the lives of these two young men fails ,  Picking up a body from the street The wounded man being arrested here was later returned dead , , Armored vehicles were used in the crackdown People go to the hospital to show support to the wounded

Reinforcement were sent into the neighborhood to keep protesters away from AL monitors

At night, people take back to the streets chanting “still you will fall Bashar” ,

Loyalist security forces storm nearby Arbeen After locals staged this protest Leading to the fall of a new martyr And a nighttime funeral ,

At dawn, a sculpture of Bashar Al-Assad’s name at the entrance of the town of Ain Terma was destroyed

DAMASCUS – SOUTH: Martyr from Kisweh ,

DAMASCUS – NORTHWEST: Zabadani , Women take major part in the protests Qudsayah

DAMASCUS – NORTH (QALAMOUN): The women and children in Eltal face up to Assad loyalist troops Yabroud Qarrah ,

The town of Rankous was heavily pounded on Dec 27

DAMASCUS CITY: nighttime protesters in Qaboun Neighborhood are fired upon by loyalist security forces

Protesters in Moadamiyeh come under fire as well They try to regroup Only to be dispersed again ,

Kafar Sousseh , Despite the ongoing siege, protesters in Midan made a brave stand

In Yusuf Al-Azmeh Square, security forces arrange a pro-Assad rally to chant “the people want Bashar Al-Assad” as the AL monitors descended from their vehicles, an activist was on the scene They even scribbled or etched on the cars of the delegates “Bashar Al-Assad or no one”

DERAA CITY: Hundreds of thousands were expected to take part in this pro-Assad demonstrations in downtown Deraa City, instead

In nearby Al-Sabeel neighborhood, protesters are chased away by loyalists Soon protesters come under fire , Protesters throw rocks in return chanting on occasions “where is the FSA?” , The women intervene to save the men, the kids get event angrier They reorganize themselves and begin throwing rocks at the security forces again

Loyalists troops in action in Deraa Al-Balad , They broke up this rally

Protesters in Mahata come under attack as well

DERAA/HAURAN: Protesters in Ataman come under fire In Harrah, locals hold a funeral for a martyred activist , , ,

Aleppo City students in the College of Electrical Engineering organize a sit-in , , Many students were arrested

DEIR EZZOR: Loyalist troops stroll into the town of Qouriyah Still people take to the streets at night