Friday, February 3, 2012

Hama Massacre at 30!

As we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the infamous Hama Massacre, it is clear that the Assads have learned nothing. The protesters, on the other hand, though most of whom are too young to remember the true darkness of those days, seem to have learned the most important lesson of all, namely that the key to winning to your freedom lies in confronting your fears not burying your head in the sand, or falling on nihilistic tactics that could only turn your worst nightmares into self-fulfilling prophecies.

Thursday 02, 2012

Today’s death toll: 17. The Breakdown: 4 in Deraa, 3 in Homs, 3 in Aleppo, 3 in Idlib, 1 in Quneitrah, 1 in Hama, 1 in Rural Damascus and 1 in Raqqah.

Reports from the region say that loyalist troops are massing on the borders of the town of Zabadani in Rural Damascus.

FSA claims to have destroyed a number of armored vehicles near Kafar Ouaid in Idlib Province. Clashes between loyalists and defectors occurred as well in Jizah in Deraa Province and Sarjah in Idlib Province.

News
Op-Eds & Special Reports
Hama

Hama City: Activists pour red paint in the streets and Noria to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Hama massacre which began on February 2, 1982 and lasted for about 1 month killing between 30-40,000 locals http://youtu.be/vNJNpaXPZ3k , http://youtu.be/bI4aAX868cI , http://youtu.be/k8bRfg1YyjA The move comes as well as a sign of protest against the current crackdown by troops loyal to Bashar Al-Assad, the son of the perpetrator of the first massacre who seems bent on filling his father’s shoes, even, or perhaps especially, if it kills us. But, as a local activist put it “Hafez died but Hama didn't.” And as my own son added “So will Bashar die as well, but Hama won't.”

Homs

Homs City

Old Homs: local members of the FSA pledge to defend the quarters and its neighborhoods from loyalist onslaught http://youtu.be/uOhK_yMkVU8

Baba Amr: local members of the FSA repel a loyalist attack and confiscate a BMP http://youtu.be/0_kVUbN3tUg , http://youtu.be/xIuqjgFkaR4 Sporadic pounding of the neighborhood with mortars continues http://youtu.be/56KMrRhZ0QY A tour of the neighborhood http://youtu.be/tXd0OPBwu9U


Boustan Al-Diwan: impact of pounding on local mosque http://youtu.be/Y9usrP8q2bc Impact of pounding on homes http://youtu.be/b9kdPt4b3Hw Impact of pounding on the streets http://youtu.be/qvAa6Nf8lOs Impact of pounding on the local church http://youtu.be/405FA2lB5Lk The new defectors who saved the neighborhood yesterday http://youtu.be/84o05pKok6Y Locals celebrate their saviors http://youtu.be/nJSbXg84-Y8

Bayadah: treating a wounded man http://youtu.be/fakboxp1vak

Deir Baalbah: A martyr http://youtu.be/qvf50pTSux0

Bab Dreib: a tank destroyed by local members of the FSA http://youtu.be/vmdzzVokYWw

Daytime Rallies
Shammas (funeral) http://youtu.be/m1tdis8AkNI Wa’er (all girls rally) http://youtu.be/xu9c43HLa_A Deir Baalbah http://youtu.be/erNw0DFlUD4 Jub Al-Jandali http://youtu.be/-exUJSIn3Qo

Nighttime Rallies

Homs Province

Rastan: more loyalist reinforcements on their way to Rastan http://youtu.be/YsEiJbm4nO8 An old woman mourns her martyred husband to the sounds of pounding outside their home http://youtu.be/ddRdYiUFynU The pounding continues http://youtu.be/EnGI3KTkq2E Impact of pounding http://youtu.be/ySOvjUWkPGA This is the fighting unit responsible for protecting the Rastan http://youtu.be/4bpPF5mpaD4 Loyalist checkpoint that was taken over by FSA http://youtu.be/rdYl0O11GF0

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies


Damascus

Damascus City

Daytime Rallies
Barzeh (student rally in which students burn their national education textbooks filled with Baath ideology and praise for the Assads) http://youtu.be/SelAkC3HgqM , http://youtu.be/Vcy5lUzBcAI Midan (student rally) http://youtu.be/pPYRJYXh8J0 Qaboun (student rally) http://youtu.be/G-BUeurwXgk Qadam (burning the Russian flag) http://youtu.be/ITg5_w3_iwk

Nighttime Rallies

Eastern Ghoutah

Hamouriyeh: despite claims by Assad officials that they have reestablished control, the suburb is pounded again to disperse protesters http://youtu.be/Eg5raTgbi3U , http://youtu.be/jL19aKiDnH4 , http://youtu.be/alqQ7ibs3eg , http://youtu.be/ToWe513vQHg The imam of the local mosque remains defiant and keeps praying http://youtu.be/r5iY8N-autQ But the pounding with mortars and automatic gunfire continues http://youtu.be/3i3Pr7LaXgw Close-up of a tank taking part in the crackdown http://youtu.be/ADk0bxfRJr8  

Kafar Batna: impact of pounding http://youtu.be/wuD2KSP074U , http://youtu.be/h5P89xfVMfA

Ain Terma: Impact of pounding http://youtu.be/WxUSDuUiCVM

Saqba: new defectors sneak into the neighborhood at night and join the ranks of tis defenders http://youtu.be/SiKKvpEFr00

Zamalka: The wounded http://youtu.be/ZqdfnX4f19M , http://youtu.be/y4amw1BlRqU Martyr http://youtu.be/Ybol7Gd4D6c This young man dies shortly after this clip was made http://youtu.be/TKOFZBuIWF0

Damascus South


Moadamiyeh: the body of a local martyr shows clear signs of savage torture http://youtu.be/_OP9yZrvaT0 The funeral http://youtu.be/-RoPpk_kuuQ , http://youtu.be/GHJLweznW9g Neighborhood gets pounded shortly after the funeral http://youtu.be/SPMkXmCkeQc , http://youtu.be/AbwX-tzspCs Loyalists patrol the streets in trucks and armored vehicles http://youtu.be/NJFHi99fn-Y , http://youtu.be/Kg3FZPyuK1k firing randomly http://youtu.be/BtIVjgGT8bo , http://youtu.be/e-k5lZBoc1E , http://youtu.be/KKZH8LT9Nwo , http://youtu.be/TtIprv_koe4 Arresting ad abusing locals http://youtu.be/5nA_r6o5gZw , http://youtu.be/QLRfGe6h7_0 , http://youtu.be/n2pMk2INkJ8 The intimidation continues through the evening http://youtu.be/_Gx3RDtWpB4 , http://youtu.be/FM9hIcfAOYg

Daytime Rallies
Daraya: A small rally by high schoolers http://youtu.be/WN_tgUCMf9Q , http://youtu.be/jf4x5zUwbJA soon attract more participants http://youtu.be/2gvhgvq_u28 , http://youtu.be/Cu4wbEiZ9RA , http://youtu.be/60EjIwlz96o Hoisting the Independence Flag over the school http://youtu.be/Mt2tZ_bLbeQ


Nighttime Rallies

West (Zabadani and Wadi Barada)

Tanks pour into Wadi Barada Region http://youtu.be/bHDF8cWx6Gw

Deir Qanoun: impact of today’s pounding http://youtu.be/y1lUI0qUXDs

Deir Mqarrin: A martyr http://youtu.be/mrAowgrKs-g

Nighttime Rallies

North (The Qalamoun Region )

Daytime Rallies
Eltal (girls rally) http://youtu.be/FPqi6k4Z4vk (burning the Russian flag) http://youtu.be/6z7NDdbF4ec

Nighttime Rallies


Hama

Hama City

The city observes strike by way of commemorating the 30th anniversary of the infamous 1982 massacre http://youtu.be/EO_7lHzl49g , http://youtu.be/8Y4z0wLgNy4 , http://youtu.be/AjyJTCdnJ20

Sibahee Square: tanks and loyalists patrol the square to prevent protesters from rallying there http://youtu.be/nmd6rRn05rs , http://youtu.be/2Phs97NjjXg


Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies

Hama Province

Mourek: A martyr http://youtu.be/KEHE6ptlibc

Daytime Rallies


Idlib


Bsaqla: tortured detainees that have been recently released http://youtu.be/Ss9bTTthHfc

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies


Deraa/Hauran

Deraa City

Mahatah: the independence flag is hoisted on top of a local high school http://youtu.be/gwAeJ4C83oo

Nighttime Rallies

Deraa/Hauran Province

Mseifrah comes under intense pounding http://youtu.be/Yg08el5ZI5Y Local members of the FSA fight back and repel the attack http://youtu.be/nIHSAvrCo60 Despite the early morning crackdown, local high school students rename their school after one of their martyred colleagues and hoist the independence flag on top of the building http://youtu.be/T92orVvAZ2M The school was shelled earlier http://youtu.be/2ALiTOjdm4s And locals do hold their daily rally at noon http://youtu.be/hORAlRizsLU

Jizah: Loyalists invade the town with tanks http://youtu.be/_QZj05wE6cc pounding their way in (sounds of pounding are faint, because the video was made from a neighboring community) http://youtu.be/wsDyvoXyb4Y , http://youtu.be/lXllvsRGxsg Black smoke rises from a building that was hit in the pounding http://youtu.be/-lFfRKR0eEU Another http://youtu.be/DwCqHZ20VPI Martyr http://youtu.be/0_Dw-4JzVdE

Ankhel: Loyalist troops fire at a rally http://youtu.be/sgW7dPls1Q0

Al-Mata’iyeh comes under fire http://youtu.be/kna6R7hL8K8

Na’eemeh comes under fire at night http://youtu.be/iM4XaJTq6l4

Ghariyeh Gharbiyeh: A martyr http://youtu.be/4GtDElAeTzI

Daytime Rallies
Hraak (burning the Russian, Iranian and Hezbollah flags) http://youtu.be/mky6b-u18dw Ataman http://youtu.be/Lo8fEBc2p_4 Basr Al-Harir http://youtu.be/d9qwPTmAYxM Sahem (student rally) http://youtu.be/M8F67HWhEb4 Tafas (student rally) http://youtu.be/lWMm9cbgFIs Shajarah (student rally) http://youtu.be/abMp8kqaPRI Bosra Al-Sham http://youtu.be/GEvkhNzCPm4 Tseel http://youtu.be/MXR09bSVkKo Ghariyeh Gharbiyeh http://youtu.be/VKvhIJS21cw Yadoudeh http://youtu.be/yeHNNjKcb_4 Mzeireeb http://youtu.be/DQx6gBSF8ck Karak http://youtu.be/zrvI7A6C3qU Ma’arabah http://youtu.be/uxSlhh81bAE

Nighttime Rallies


Aleppo

Aleppo City

Daytime Rallies

Aleppo Province

A new fighting unit is formed by defectors http://youtu.be/5_MXggVy9qA The development in the aftermath of the pounding of the town of Managh earlier today http://youtu.be/T_wkytGIsjY Other defections took place throughout the Province http://youtu.be/TRy_CTKvWlE More defections in the region http://youtu.be/Q1OuUy8bbzA

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies


Deir Ezzor


Daytime Rallies
Deir Ezzor City (Qoussour – girls rally) http://youtu.be/Y8yN_Si5F20 )

Nighttime Rallies

Deir Ezzor City (Hassan Taha) http://youtu.be/Xpu4h-fi_gg (Takaya) http://youtu.be/gXwxPPY9ojc


Hassakeh


Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies


Raqqah


Raqqah City: A loyalist attempts to run over protesters with his truck http://youtu.be/Qjpcrg1EipA This was the largest rally in the city so far http://youtu.be/-7s17uXBnzg protesters burnt posters of Assad http://youtu.be/EUHf9gQg78A and clashed with loyalist security forces http://youtu.be/MaBbDdpP6To and defied them http://youtu.be/sx4TyB8_u8Y