Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Arab League Monitors – Meaningless In Action!

As the monitors monitor and opposition groups oppose, even themselves, in Syria, the Assads and their loyalists keep killing and the protesters keep protesting, and this remains the real story.

Tuesday 3, 2012

Today’s death toll: 23. The Breakdown: 11 in Hama City, 1 in Qamhaneh (Hama Province), 4 in Homs City, 3 in Idlib Province, 2 in Rural Damascus, and 1 in Deraa/Hauran Province.

18 loyalists have reportedly been killed in overnight clashes between loyalists and defectors on the highway connecting the towns of Jassem and Ankhel in the Deraa/Hauran Province. Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Riyad Al-Ass’aad gave Arab League monitors days to bring the violence against civilians and protesters under control, else he promised to unleash major new resistance operations against loyalists.

The Executive Office of the Syrian National Council officially voted to reject the proposed unity agreement with the National Coordinative Body for Democratic Change, following the popular backlash against it by protesters.

A previously unknown group calling itself “The Movement to Counter the Shia Expansion in Syria” took responsibility for the kidnapping of 5 Iranian engineers in Homs City back in December 21, saying that the move comes a warning to both Iran and Hezbollah to refrain from supporting the Assad regime. The announcement was made through a fax sent to Agence France Press offices in Nicosia. There is no independent confirmation of the existence of the group, the kidnapping itself has only been reported in Iranian press. However, claims that the engineers will be tortured to admit that they are members of the IRCG seem meant as preemptive move. Protesters have always have always asserted that the Iranian advisers were working closely with loyalist Assad militias in orchestrating the crackdown.

Monday’s death toll was raised to 24.

The General Strike continues to be observed by protest communities throughout the country.

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Ammar Abdulhamid, a U.S.-based Syrian dissident who has been closely following events in his homeland through a vast network of sources, puts the figure much higher at 315.

HOMS CITY: Baba Amr: handing over an armored vehicle that was captured by local FSA members during the loyalist invasion of Bab Amr to the AL monitors as per their request http://youtu.be/3J-YyXV7kmI But these armored vehicles are still controlled and operated by loyalist troops http://youtu.be/8H3RTVCIyUY

A victim of sniper’s attack http://youtu.be/d2TTRV7MsJE Khalidyeh a victim of torture http://youtu.be/Ef28a6EnQBw Preparing the body for him for burial http://youtu.be/D1fV048QKlw The funeral http://youtu.be/TeXS7l4CsGg A funeral in Wadi Arab http://youtu.be/OoomHg4wpyA

A tank in Bab Dreib despite the assertion by Arab League Secretary General, Nabil Al-Arabi, that tanks have been pull out to the outskirts of the city http://youtu.be/EWJ99wFrOdE



HOMS PROVINCE: Rastan People wait for AL monitors http://youtu.be/Hur7oEQ4rNs When they arrive, locals show them samples of the artillery shells used by loyalists http://youtu.be/u62jsAKW5i4 A local complain that loyalist troops have confiscated his house http://youtu.be/ZvgQcAiBYKU Another asks if the visiting monitor agrees with the Nabil al-Arabi about tanks and troops being pulled out of cities http://youtu.be/NV2UQdpvC7Y

Near Rastan, the local gas pipeline comes under renewed attack http://youtu.be/W6c2_pKOQu0 , http://youtu.be/W4bj6jsi5sA Locals talk to the monitors and disavow responsibility for the attack, saying their town is completely under siege and no one can wiggle out to mount such an operation http://youtu.be/EkkjEY4aL9I

Funeral in Tal Kalakh http://youtu.be/gpTJCPfcy-k


HAMA CITY: People say goodbye to AL monitors http://youtu.be/F_jkHokjK00 Earlier, they locals told the delegates where they could find snipers http://youtu.be/d6l-mvrsizE where they could find the wounded http://youtu.be/3xHm3J0x0WE where they could find mass graves http://youtu.be/dAVj3RPyeI4 An activist tells one of the monitors to contact them using Skype http://youtu.be/UmUAQd_NSMM Other show them the impact of pounding on their neighborhoods http://youtu.be/DTS-xDAXoJA they show them the bullet holes on buildings http://youtu.be/omDiygShiTs

Protesters in Jisr Al-Mizrab come under fire even as AL monitors tour another part of town (Hamidiyeh) http://youtu.be/aIc5OVCk8p8



IDLIB: Idlib City a funeral in the morning http://youtu.be/InkTfr4nV8Q a funeral in the evening http://youtu.be/DUp09GDOAoc for this defector http://youtu.be/XkwXZjp-fdc

Rallies Zardana Banner “We are free inasmuch as we have power, and powerful in as much as we have freedom” http://youtu.be/TfxtvrJeWjs Kafroumah http://youtu.be/IvLt7dp9kDo Ariha http://youtu.be/c4gAhV-QNGk Saraqib http://youtu.be/IL5ZVjT0XjY Young revolutionaries look on http://youtu.be/mXBKHmlYLdA Kafar Yahmoul http://youtu.be/zwalkGAid18 Jabal Al-Zawiyeh http://youtu.be/_gxWJvmvPPA Sarmeen http://youtu.be/n_TXipkZvTU Binnish http://youtu.be/csHXYnE19Tw , http://youtu.be/Ym7E3eZ8vSg Taftanaz http://youtu.be/LnmS4cr2D8o

DAMASCUS CITY: Daraya People hold their daily rally http://youtu.be/BEMSm7JjD_c Hoisting independence flags all over the suburb http://youtu.be/W-cuCQ9-Jkg , http://youtu.be/xCZFX4wkJrE Banner “You will fall” http://youtu.be/TLb4WZYuVd4 At night, locals organize a larger rally http://youtu.be/rrTRir4WOoY

A martyr from Qaboun http://youtu.be/uYHz1xxZ-xQ A nighttime funeral in Jobar http://youtu.be/kE0EJ9lbWQM , http://youtu.be/jzO-lZDjjYc



DAMASCUS – EAST: A funeral for this martyr http://youtu.be/pn-XltiHDXA led to a huge rally in Kafar Batna http://youtu.be/RO4VUhd4p0M IN Douma, locals staged an impromptu rally top protest the arrest of woman activist Fatin Rajab http://youtu.be/dUv82KaOS6o a martyr from Madeerah http://youtu.be/uFRpNieHLM8


DAMASCUS – SOUTH: An all-women rally in Artouz http://youtu.be/4-a-GpT4Mek , http://youtu.be/xmErTulHaqg

DAMASCUS – WEST: Rallies Madaya protesters destroy a bust of Hafiz Al-Assad and put up banner calling on opposition groups to unite http://youtu.be/ihutPiaSKHo Zabadani http://youtu.be/GfCCqSE_-8c Hameh http://youtu.be/T6F-JDUnruE

DERAA CITY: Al-Sabeel Neighborhood Local informs AL monitor that loyalists are sending fake delegations to identity and arrest local activists http://youtu.be/F1CzcR8nCgM Activists from Damascus have made similar claims as well. Another Al-Sabeel resident complain against the brutal treatment that locals receive from loyalist troops http://youtu.be/buTNRcE4BpU Other locals show monitors the empty tear gas canisters used against them http://youtu.be/s09Kw_3BI-0

Rallies Al-Balad http://youtu.be/yl9OjIwdWQE Mahata http://youtu.be/Dn6o01nvFBk Dahiyeh http://youtu.be/jB3qU895sSw

DERAA/HAURAN: AL monitors arrive to meet locals in Tafas http://youtu.be/h1-pYvjfJu8 An activist repeatedly asks one of the monitor if he thinks the gathered crowd represent an armed gang, but he gets no response http://youtu.be/gC6AuT04Mng People stage a celebratory rally after the AL monitors leave town http://youtu.be/xwCzJ4a8kxk

In Ankhel, and following a fierce night of combat on the road connecting the towns of Ankhel and Jassem, locals stage a small rally of defiance using a model of the famous Clock-Tower of Homs City by way of showing support http://youtu.be/9lFpeqK4H_o




DEIR EZZOR: Qouriyeh candlelight vigil http://youtu.be/ZIqBXUy3VKk

HASSAKEH: Qamishly: “Burhan Ghalioun, can’t you hear? The people want a no-fly zone” http://youtu.be/Xz6IKbXKHSo Amoudeh http://youtu.be/2DeeWBDPDqY

TARTOUS: Banyas displaying the independence flag on the hill near the Marqb Citadel http://youtu.be/bjRx_U5ixIo

QUNEITRAH: a funeral for an activist http://youtu.be/cgRlIBmjEvY Sahem Al-Golan http://youtu.be/bZCdnX1tEH8