Growing Pains: More violent crackdown as revolution expands
A storm of protests hit major Syrian cities, people demanding freedom and end to Assad regime.As expected, protests against Assad rule in Syria grew bigger, although, one can hardly tell from the reporting on it whether by international or regional media. This is still a somehow under-reported revolution, or an obliquely revolution. Due to government controls, foreign correspondents in Syria are often out of the loop, while Arab and regional satellite stations seem plagued by all sorts of political and individual calculations.
But the YouTube videos below tell the whole story for those willing to see. This is an anti-Assad uprising, it’s growing by the day, with more cities and segments of the population joining and Assad’s thugs hitting back hard in hope to forestalling the inevitable. There is definitely a need for a tougher stand by the international community.
In Deraa; new massacres in Sanamein. Snipers caught on tape in Deraa City itself. In Homs; became a hotbed in the afternoon with Bedouin population joining the protesters and taking brut of casualties with 2 reported dead, a development likely to energize the larger Bedouin population in suburbs. In Baniyas; thousands of protesters take over the streets, establish a “permanent” sit-in, chant “Down With Bashar.” In Qamishly; thousands of protesters take over streets for few hours, but no clashes with authorities reported. But border with Turkey were closed. In Douma; thousands take to the streets, take down Assad banner, shout “People Want to Topple regime,” at which time they get shot at by thugs that eyewitnesses say received their Kalashnikovs and other weapons from local security people.
Lattakia, Der Ezzor, Dariyyah Suburb in Damascus, Amoudah (on border with Turkey), Idlib, Hama… all witnesses massive demonstrations today. Kurds and Bedouin tribes of central Syria (Homs) seem to have thrown their lot with the protesters.
More than a 100 clips of videos were received today, below is only a small sampling.