Saturday, February 18, 2012

Rise of the Popular Resistance!

Resistance is how the Syrian protesters want their movement to be labeled, not an uprising, insurgency or rebellion. Indeed, when one examines the facts on the ground, theirs now is a popular resistance movement, one aimed at liberating Syria from tyranny and corruption.

Friday February 17, 2012 – A day dedicated to Popular Resistance

Today’s death toll: 46, including 12 defectors who were executed after being captured following clashes with loyalists in Deraa City, 16 protesters in Rural Deraa,  5 in Damascus City killed when loyalist militias opened fire on an anti-Assad rally in the neighborhood of Mazzeh Bassateen, 7 in Homs City, 2 in Deir Ezzor, 2 in Aleppo, 1 in Hama, 1 in Idlib and 1 in Rural Damascus.

Op-Eds & Special Reports
In Daraya, and in response to the New Constitution which stipulates that the President must be a man of Muslim Descent, Christian protesters carried a sign saying: “why can’t the President by a Christian woman?” this a majority Muslim neighborhood, very traditional, yet, Muslim protesters rallied behind the sign as well. This is an Islamic or extremist revolution


Homs City

Baba Amr: Pounding with howitzers continues , , , , , , , Tanks take part in the action Al-Jouri Mosque gets hit again Local activist Mahmoud Arabi narrates as the pounding continues Tanks taking part of the siege

Impact of pounding , People are forced to collect rain water for drinking Two more martyrs and Dr. Muhammad rails against the world

Treating the wounded French journalists watch and document a baby among the inured

But while, Baba Amr and other neighborhoods come under fire, other parts of the city remain defiant and seem to have fallen , for now, under the control of the Free Syrian Army Al-Farouk Brigade takes more loyalist prisoners

Elsewhere in the city, loyalists parade their truck mounted with an automatic gun and the cadaver of a rebel wrapped in blanket This leaked video shows the pounding from the point of view of the loyalists

At night, it snows. Usually, locals celebrate the snow, but now it adds to their misery

Al-Rifai: two child martyrs Lining up for Kerosene Injuries Wounded defectors The neighborhood receives its fair share of pounding , Funeral Looking for the dead in the rubble  

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies

Homs Province

Rastan: More defections and a new fighting unit formed

Daytime Rallies


Damascus City

Barzeh: Loyalist militias patrol the streets Over a 100 are arrested and 3 are killed, according to this reported, but people organize a rally as soon as loyalists militias leave the neighborhood vowing to take revenge against Maher and Bashar Assad

Qadam: loyalists in one part Rally in another Soon, the protesters come under fire

Qaboun: Loyalists patrol the streets ,

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies

Damascus East (Eastern & Western Ghoutah)

Saqba: tanks maintain their presence in the streets Protesters come under fire

Kafar Batna: Loyalist patrol the streets

Daytime Rallies

Damascus South (Southern Ghoutah)

Kanaker: Tanks and loyalists patrol the streets

Jdeidet Artouz: Funeral

Daytime Rallies

West (Zabadani and Wadi Barada)

Daytime Rallies

North (The Qalamoun Region )

Daytime Rallies


Hama City

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies

Hama Province

Kafrenboudeh: The final tally for yesterday’s massacre stands at 20, still people took to the streets in drives today

Shaizar: members of the FSA openly take part of the local rally and are given heroes’ welcome

Daytime Rallies


Another Lt. Col. defects , Emad Al-Murr

Khan Shaikhoon: Members of the FSA take part in the rally

Daytime Rallies


Deraa City

Al-Balad: tanks storm in

Daytime Rallies

Deraa/Hauran Province

Bosra: protesters come under fire

Namar: protesters come under fire Loyalists roam the streets

Kafar Shams: martyr

Jassem: sounds of nighttime clashes between loyalists and rebels

Daytime Rallies


Aleppo City

Myassar: protesters clash with loyalist security forces

Firdoss: nighttime funeral for a local activist

Daytime Rallies

Aleppo Province

Jarablos: protesters come under fire one dies: his funeral

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies

Deir Ezzor

Deir Ezzor City: Clashes between loyalists and rebels took place in several neighborhoods throughout the city, leaving few martyrs, and scores of wounded. Martyr

Qouriyeh: tanks and loyalists in the streets

Daytime Rallies
Deir Ezzor City (Moazafeen) Khareetah

Nighttime Rallies


Often in their rallies, the Kurds, who make up over 60% of the population of the population of Hassakeh, and who have been leading the protest movement in the province, carry banners in support of federalism and the Kurdish National Council.

Daytime Rallies


Daytime Rallies