The New Year begins with more protests, and more crackdowns, including the killing of a child.
Sunday 1, 2012
Today’s death toll: 10. The Breakdown: 4 in the town of Qseir in Homs Province, 1 in the town of Kafrenbel, 1 (a child) in the town of Khattab in Hama Province. The child was killed in the early hours of 2012 and is believed to be the first fatality of the new year.
315 protesters including 24 children have been killed since the beginning of the Arab League mission in Syria on December 26.
The General Strike continues to be observed by protest communities throughout the country.
As Ammar Abdulhamid, a Syrian dissident, put it to me: "In the fight of tanks against bare chests, the odds are not exactly even and bravery can only get you so far." The Syrian incarnation of the "Arab Street" we used to hear so much about now wants Nato planes in the skies.
“This is giving the Syrian regime an Arab cover for continuing its inhumane actions under the eyes and ears of the Arab League.”
In addition to above warning to the Syrian opposition not to go below the demands of the revolutionaries, because “we made you and we can cancel you,” the inhabitants of Kafrenbel carry signs calling for “an urgent foreign military intervention,” “intervention from Outer Space,” and “construction of 5-star hotel to attract the Arab monitors” http://youtu.be/7aBqma8GbL4.
Showing support to the Damascene suburb of Daraya who came under attack today, and denouncing the agreement between the Syrian National Council and the National Coordination Body as well as the NCB itself were the main themes of today’s rallies. Meanwhile, the town of Khattab in Hama Province, offers the first martyr of 2012, a child http://youtu.be/JALXjSFJU5E