Thursday, January 5, 2012

Looking Heavenward!

Arab League Monitors have become part of the décor, just like the tanks and armored vehicles, part of the everyday happenings, just like the arbitrary killings and detentions, part of the same indifference that world leaders keep exhibiting. Meanwhile the Assads can count on the support of the Iranians, Russians, Chinese and Hezbollah, but the protesters can only rely on themselves, or as they often put it in their chants, “God.”

Wednesday 4, 2012

Today’s death toll: 21, in Homs, Hama, Deraa and Idlib.

A high-ranking official announced on Wednesday his defection from the Assad regime. Mahmoud Sleiman Hajj Hamad, head inspector at the Syrian Defense Ministry and first inspector at the Monetary Center of the Interior Ministry, held a press conference in Cairo to announce his defection. He later appeared on Al-Jazeerah and said that the Assad regime has so far spent over 35 million dollars to support the activities of his loyalist militias. He also said that most Syrian officials are under tight watch making it difficult for them to defect, but, he asserted, most of them want to defect.

Links

HOMS CITY: A martyr from Bab Amr Neighborhood, a victim of torture while in detention http://youtu.be/fov_vsEUkyc A woman tells AKL monitors of her frantic and fruitless search for her detained husband in all security branches and demand his release http://youtu.be/V4Fw4kXo76s Local activists hand over a report they compiled on the detained http://youtu.be/E7To_PtGbbY

Locals later hold a rally with some of the free officers in town http://youtu.be/NNdEL1lDkLo Later in the evening, a new officer announces his defection http://youtu.be/elRCoPwLJDM

“Somewhere in Homs,” as the activist Khalid Abou Salah put it, AL monitors meet with defectors affiliated with the Free Syrian Army http://youtu.be/mIZh0V3lcas Later, the delegation visit the Central Prison http://youtu.be/sDuOq2oHPpE On seeing the delegates the political prisoners chant “the people want to topple the regime” http://youtu.be/GKwib5s4MAA

Bab Al-Sibaa, snipers go back to business of random shooting into residential neighborhoods http://youtu.be/h9jMoeGMKRM , http://youtu.be/kz8mg70OVis Elsewhere in the neighborhood, children gather around a makeshift fire pit top warm themselves up http://youtu.be/z1XfeE5bJyo They say that this is better than staying at home where there is no fuel. They are eating dried bread, because that’s all there is, and there is no school these days.

A martyr from Nazheen neighborhood http://youtu.be/2ZkZrzLBT6g A martyr with his head blown up in Deir Baalbah http://youtu.be/ce30Fo63gKM A woman martyr from Karm Al-Zeitun http://youtu.be/IY2e8MRDY_8 An old man injured in Karm Al-Zeitun http://youtu.be/P8WQfbi-Jqo A funeral in Qarabees comes under fire http://youtu.be/JSureVuW5Dg Snipers in action in Bab Al-Sibaa http://youtu.be/knum88oQMFI A funeral in Khaldiyeh http://youtu.be/WA1xNNJClwM

Bab Dreib Protesters remain defiant despite coming under fire http://youtu.be/vkcY7-edOBM 


HOMS PROVINCE: The havoc in Talbisseh http://youtu.be/iwjkOjq2ocw , http://youtu.be/aKqCha4CQ90


HAMA CITY: Protesters in Sabouniyeh come under intense fire http://youtu.be/GWLA-QUixn8

This leaked video shows Assad snipers standing on top of the municipal building in Hama City shooting randomly and with relish at the people below in Hadir Neighborhood


HAMA PROVINCE: Rallies Karnaz http://youtu.be/gbOZHH9sLdI Hilfaya http://youtu.be/_knND3DyPTc Kafar Zeiteh http://youtu.be/6YqLWJVba98

IDLIB: Tanks and loyalists in Kafroumah http://youtu.be/hUjRkkqq3Fc Still, locals take to the streets every chance they get http://youtu.be/0SAYSweYl50 , http://youtu.be/i65eZavTqq4 Double funerals in Idlib City http://youtu.be/ABz-HWr4aD0 , http://youtu.be/2tKYDHP-LS0 A new martyr from Idlib City http://youtu.be/HBBQEjz4M_Q A nighttime funeral in Kafar Takhareem http://youtu.be/MwD8XBcxqPA

More defection take place in Jabal Al-Zawiyeh region http://youtu.be/_8wcd5YdRok the defectors explain that they are actually army officers, but that their superiors have issued them police IDs in order to fool the AL monitors when they meet them.


DAMASCUS CITY: Choppers fly Daraya Suburb http://youtu.be/jWbjIRG5Rls , http://youtu.be/Zbu8O8REkX4


DAMASCUS – NORTH: funeral for a female activist in Dmeir http://youtu.be/6THYHu7aqUQ  Thousands turn out http://youtu.be/39TZTTjh-tA , http://youtu.be/KF0iW20etJQ Many women attend and chant “We want Assad’s head to compensate for the blood of our martyrs” http://youtu.be/uoQKO4cqG_s

Rallies Rankous http://youtu.be/CBwx3a8ZIKM

DAMASCUS – EAST: Locals in Harasta welcome the AL monitors in their neighborhood http://youtu.be/pifVeWldx3k , http://youtu.be/czogEZ3hn8k A funeral in Douma http://youtu.be/PUrvdT-9Yvk , http://youtu.be/WQLywKAc_tc for this martyr http://youtu.be/sj-9SbNkWvE

Shortly after this rally in Moadamiyah http://youtu.be/w0a80iABXuU , http://youtu.be/mheyiP0de8k, Loyalist security forces storm in and begin shooting http://youtu.be/rWaJw6ktugE The protesters had held a banner scalding NCB spokesman Haytham Manna for his opposition to foreign intervention and demanding a no-fly zone http://youtu.be/9DQE_C9t31U


DAMASCUS – SOUTH: Zakiyeh http://youtu.be/lrpROsm1wrM Babila http://youtu.be/9eOFvOGapes


DERAA CITY: Al-Balad A funeral http://youtu.be/Jn0Zh2zZ2BM A monitor tells people that every house he visited in the city has either a martyr or a detainee http://youtu.be/OiZjTRMMDZI Elsewhere, locals hold a funeral http://youtu.be/0v7q4UwN3Ug

Speaker in a nighttime rally http://youtu.be/GSi6hJMcuh4 reminds that the NCB will not be accepted until t subscribes to the demands of the Revolution, and that any person in the SNC who deviates from this demand will be rejected http://youtu.be/zffFFrcxqs4


DERAA/HAURAN: A mother from Da’el explains the circumstance of her son’s martyrdom to the AL monitors http://youtu.be/8jQLIfJ9W7E Monitors also speak with the parents of detainees and injured http://youtu.be/pXSgVJAV9C0 Locals show the monitors a sniper’s layer http://youtu.be/y3Wm943MYrk Later, locals hold a major rally in the presence of the delegates http://youtu.be/Nq42DUpWr5I

Loyalist security forces storm Jbab http://youtu.be/usOAORNEEhA , http://youtu.be/l8m3qWLLAyo


ALEPPO CITY: Marjeh Neighborhood thousands of protesters carrying torches staged rally that lasted for hours and was only broken up when loyalist security forces and local pro-Assad militias intervened and clashed with demonstrators http://youtu.be/YwCoqb3XXqU , http://youtu.be/A0cjKxNJlvY , http://youtu.be/DySwSfAj8h8 , http://youtu.be/YiYwj6nryiY Other rallies took place in New Aleppo http://youtu.be/W1pkX48RXaE Al-Hamra http://youtu.be/VPOkQjd6t_A



RAQQAH: Raqqah City (Osman Mosque) http://youtu.be/_5k5qeu61Yg