Syrian protesters were doing a great job documenting their own suffering and dying, they really did not need help doing that. What they need is international protection, and the AL monitors are not providing it statements by AL Secretary General notwithstanding.
Monday 2, 2012
Today’s death toll: 15. The Breakdown: 7 in Homs City including a 10-year old girl and a soldier who tried to defect, 3 in Jabal Al-Zawiyeh in Idlib Province, and 3 in Rural Damascus.
Local defectors in Jabal Al-Zawiyeh region in Idlib Province conducted a major operation that led to the capture of 2 checkpoints previously manned by Assad loyalists, in a move that led to the killing and imprisonment of dozens of loyalist troops. A third checkpoint was also attacked but not captured. The move comes following weeks of massacres perpetrated by loyalists, including random shelling of residential communities and summary mass executions of residents.
The General Strike continues to be observed by protest communities throughout the country.
This is how many Syrian protesters and dissidents see the Syrian National Council and National Coordination Body: the two opposition coalitions are simply caught in a race for the office and power. This harsh judgment was mostly reserved for NCB, but now, and thanks to continuing missteps, the SNC finds itself in the same boat. It may not too late for SNC leaders to work to counter this growing perception, but they simply don’t have much time.
Today’s rallies were dedicated to activist Anas Al-Shughri from the coastal town of Banyas, who is currently languishing in Assad’s jails with rumors swirling that he is scheduled for execution.