Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Activists’ Revolution!

Assad is “open” to cease-fire and Turkey is “considering” establishment of a buffer zone, meanwhile, the killing enters Year II. But, as previously quiet Raqqah City enters the revolution, it becomes obvious that Assad is unable to kill and terrorize his way back into control. His latest “victories” notwithstanding, the writing on the wall is clear: Assad’s tyrannical and corrupt reign is over. The challenge ahead of us is keeping post-Assad Syria together.

Friday March 16, 2012 – The beginning of a week dedicated to “Demanding Immediate Military Intervention”  

Death toll: 45, including 14 in Raqqah City.

Breaking (Mar 17): 2 spontaneous explosion hit downtown Damascus, the first near Tahrir Square that seems to have targeted the main headquarters of Air Force Intelligence http://youtu.be/0vhlCrmbg5o the second is said to have targeted the Criminal Police Administration near Omayad Square. Official media say two booby-trapped cars were used, and that the dead included civilians as well security officers.

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Activists are leading the revolution, not professional opposition groups. Activists are reporting the revolution, not professional media organizations. Activists are obtaining classified information, not professional intelligence agencies. Activists are filling the void left by the breakdown of traditional institutions all over the world.

The Rise of Raqqah: A new battleground

Developments in Raqqah City, a formerly bastion of quietism, go to show that the real story in Syria is not one Assad’s reestablishing control, but him losing control of even more regions and towns across Syria. Today, major protests took place in Raqqah City, with 10s of thousands residents said to take part, but pro-Assad security forces in the city opened fire indiscriminately at protesters killing 14 and wounding dozens:

The day began with a huge rally-cum-funeral for a local activist http://youtu.be/Z-ZgtuBKh-Y , http://youtu.be/aPWholbEEzQ , http://youtu.be/mej9R6bPqMc , http://youtu.be/f4ac1kKwJBA In typical fashion, protesters tore up old flags and posters of Hafiz Assad http://youtu.be/n47ZXYa4kjw Then army troops stormed in http://youtu.be/Bi-KyuJRg80 and opened fire  http://youtu.be/5VCfwCnOKqg Protesters remain defiant http://youtu.be/rQHta-_l9Zg and some threw stones back http://youtu.be/mWJAWJ-JBwc The firing continued for a while http://youtu.be/LUzXmL08mKM People documented the development from different angles http://youtu.be/V5qNi6TtZGs , http://youtu.be/ojtkh8JDIeE , http://youtu.be/DudWUhJVlsE   

Tabaqah, another major town in the Raqqah Province, also witnessed major rallies today http://youtu.be/a8WDUJZRtsg , http://youtu.be/a8WDUJZRtsg

Homs: The Forgotten Siege

After the fall of Bab Amr, the world seems to lost interest in Homs, but the siege, the pounding and the suffering continues. But now, there are no more defectors to fight back. Locals are being systematically starved and slaughtered, and the

Somewhere in Old Homs, activist Omar Tellawi describes the siege of these traditional neighborhoods and wonders why Arab and world leaders, and SNC leaders are not doing anything about it http://youtu.be/fqjBeyC5FlE Checkpoints are all over the place, with Hezbollah flags hoisted on top of them http://youtu.be/sAAZPAboNtg There are no more doctors in the neighborhood, or medicine, or enough food, or enough living activists to document the atrocities.  

Elsewhere in the world

A demonstration in Kuala Lumpur in support of the Syrian Revolution http://youtu.be/6JQMzR-OAc0 What makes this rally interesting is the fact that it was licensed by the local police, which could mean that the Malaysian government might be beginning to recalibrate its position on the Assad regime. The rally also coincided with a visit by Kofi Annan to the country.

Homs

Homs City

Mreijeh: the pounding of the neighborhood intensifies http://youtu.be/0n4c498l1qI

Ghoutah: the pounding intensifies http://youtu.be/8fLtAITHzsM , http://youtu.be/LBRKSbpIx2Q Locals try to doge the shells http://youtu.be/IJlPd-4C2RI Pool of blood and unexploded grenade lie in the street http://youtu.be/z3akNg5SARM The view from a window http://youtu.be/vgtAsxYcud4 But in between bouts of shelling, locals take to the streets http://youtu.be/Wvtp0O6fs7s

Bab Dreib: the pounding continues http://youtu.be/5u6D_4m4Avo

Jub Al-Jandali: homes catch fire http://youtu.be/vmOHaT967yo

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies

Homs Province

Houleh: Protesters come under fire http://youtu.be/d_-U_Rc4tw4 The pounding intensifies  http://youtu.be/2YWzg5PljSs  

Rastan: more officers defect http://youtu.be/gOBLpBwsVdE Mother saying goodbye to her martyred son http://youtu.be/0BgEUNbrvuY

Daytime Rallies


Damascus

Damascus City

Kafar Sousseh: Protesters http://youtu.be/nhVhSAVaIjs come under fire http://youtu.be/5e35aCJIfjI

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies

Damascus South (Southern Ghoutah)

Qatana: a home that was subject to shelling http://youtu.be/SZcOycaOZcg

Kanaker: local protesters http://youtu.be/zPM5Pio_OK0 remain defiant ever after coming under fire http://youtu.be/MglYKOsBP7I Eventually, Assad loyalist militias move in http://youtu.be/MOCJyzSsg1o

Daraya: armored cars surround the suburb http://youtu.be/nPVYHieBPo4

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies

West (Zabadani and Wadi Barada)

Daytime Rallies

North (The Qalamoun Region )

Daytime Rallies


Hama

Hama City

Entire family hit in the pounding http://youtu.be/widXT74ZI84 Chopper surveys the scene below http://youtu.be/9WXQlam_hz8

Daytime Rallies

Hama Province

Daytime Rallies


Idlib


Eltaman’ah: a martyred defector http://youtu.be/T9r9wPr6FYY El-Rami http://youtu.be/9RzTmSL2Nhk

In Idlib City, locals take to the street shouting “we won’t bow down” http://youtu.be/eSVleHXvs24

Daytime Rallies


Deraa/Hauran

Deraa City

Daytime Rallies

Deraa/Hauran Province

Taybah: martyr http://youtu.be/2nVTyI0P8X8 Da’el: a martyr http://youtu.be/69HQXpKwM9U

Yadoudeh: protesters http://youtu.be/0ogHeG6vk-M come under fire http://youtu.be/eiofNmOxQTo

Daytime Rallies


Aleppo

Aleppo City

Ansari: Police move in http://youtu.be/yCiGLhi3hok Protesters http://youtu.be/REHTfGa2Iqo come under fire http://youtu.be/mKAm_Coudbw , http://youtu.be/jMY3aNePU1w , http://youtu.be/L4PA9JyTG1g But they remain defiant and begin shouting “the Syrian army is a traitor” http://youtu.be/sBqTX69YRCM

Sukkari: Protester come under fire http://youtu.be/0-5FE-8kyCQ , http://youtu.be/0-5FE-8kyCQ

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies

Aleppo Province

Menbej: local police chief defects and joins the protesters http://youtu.be/mrF4hi0nsWA

Daytime Rallies


Deir Ezzor


Daytime Rallies


Hassakeh


Hassakeh City: A martyr http://youtu.be/2aQ7CdZMl3M

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies


Lattakia


Daytime Rallies


Raqqah


Nighttime Rallies