Monday, April 23, 2012

Violations Galore!

As Assad violates Annan’s Plan, and Annan violates decency, the Syrian people feel doubly violated!


While all eyes were fixated on Homs, Idlib, Aleppo and Damascus, major clashes have been taking place in Deir Ezzor Province, where local resistance leaders have been taking advantage of the vast desert expanses to conduct an effective Guerrilla warfare. Indeed, today, the leader of the Jaafar Brigade declared that his troops control over 70% of the province http://youtu.be/aQqT9csADFU But the commander also declares that his brigade will abide by the ceasefire agreement, but reserves the right to defend the communities under their protection.

 Someone should tell Mr. Kofi Annan to pick better dinner companions. This kind of old-style diplomacy will not endear him to the side that really matters in this: the revolutionaries (Picture date April 4, 2012. Anna’s companions include, Assad’s spokeswoman, his FM and the Deputy FM)
 Assad’s death squads in Deir Ezzor City hide their tanks in a local school (April 22, 2012)
A sign from the inhabitants of the City of Rastan, Homs Province (April 22, 2012)

Video Highlights

Homs City: refugees sheltered in schools, often five families to a classroom http://youtu.be/_l-WNXT7TcA The havoc that is Jouret Al-Shayah http://youtu.be/WtVMQuYewo4

Rastan, Homs Province: UN monitors stop in Rastan on their way to Hama City, where they are welcomed by local members of the FSA http://youtu.be/LwUbTADGNWQ Monitors were then escorted around town to inspect damage wrought by the constant pounding http://youtu.be/4xNxB9p7_2I The FSA commanders show the monitors that tanks standing at the town outskirts http://youtu.be/UFGBjEIyVJY Locals take advantage of the monitors presence to stage a hug rally http://youtu.be/YE4TgecBkLg , http://youtu.be/Y2iFJCDrM70 , http://youtu.be/GJhoDzO2S1c

In the nearby town of Qusary, and though no monitors showed up, locals take advantage of the lull in pounding to stage a mass rally http://youtu.be/rSdREPM1Gxk

Hama City: Assad death squads open fire on protesters who were gathered to receive the UN monitors http://youtu.be/qTtp73tBetg Locals receive the UN monitors while chanting against Assad and for the FSA, they immediately show them the snipers taking up positions on top of a nearby building http://youtu.be/82VUjchuKfg Locals take advantage of the presence of monitors to stage a rally http://youtu.be/DzYqk8D0jZQ In Arba’een Neighborhood, locals welcome the monitors with chants of “the people want to topple the regime” http://youtu.be/bpETuQArByE , http://youtu.be/MHz_w2-AeK8 Locals complain of deteriorating living conditions http://youtu.be/p3VIHjXHYGY Wherever they go, the monitors are welcomed by throngs of locals chanting against Assad http://youtu.be/hvd_xlV52e4 Here, snipers can be seen threatening locals of what they will do after the monitors leave http://youtu.be/mYc7Ek8za9U Snipers act on their threats immediately after the departure of UN monitors http://youtu.be/1K2I6bfY_kA Sniper in action, begins shooting when protesters begin chanting “Syria is ours and does not belong to the Assad family” http://youtu.be/YE4TgecBkLg Sniper takes a shot at the cameraman who was wounded in the arm http://youtu.be/K5dHgGMB7Vo Snipers in Arba’een make sure to target the minaret of the local mosque http://youtu.be/IwGSNMcgiK4

Hteitet Al-Tukrman, Rural Damascus: Martyr – victim of a sniper attack http://youtu.be/OJCJtbbpo90 , http://youtu.be/_yHEInJF0Vg Martyr & Son http://youtu.be/nhqL48Cc3uo His nighttime funeral http://youtu.be/YW4dsnZq9c4

Douma, Rural Damascus: local stage mass funeral for today’s martyrs http://youtu.be/Ogg8BLuV4WM  

Al-Hraak, Daraa: the siege of the town by pro-Assad troops continues for the third straight day, people are not allowed to leave and no one is allowed to come in http://youtu.be/vZZMAF6HAbg

Elbab, Aleppo Province: locals hold a funeral for another of their martyrs http://youtu.be/eybE4fVY0pQ

Dirbassiyeh, Hassakeh: Kurdish inhabitants stage a mass rally for a local martyr http://youtu.be/7ACFjjfrPDA

Al-Rami, Idlib: Two of today’s martyrs http://youtu.be/02QcMyVhJ6k , http://youtu.be/2p1UH1IHQ8g Their funeral http://youtu.be/nMZBt6TQ9es

Another Major General declares his defection and joins the FSA http://youtu.be/WrgX0GeSHqk

On April 19, head of the High Military Council, Major General Mustafa Al-Shaikh, calls for international military intervention and strikes against the regime outside the UN purview, including arming the FSA and establishment of safe havens http://youtu.be/PB4CWLxGBa8