Three to Five Killed in Deraa Demonstration; Unrest Spreads

The three to five demonstrators killed in Deraa. This is a turning point – to what, one cannot say.

5 protesters killed in Syria, activist says; amateur video shows unrest around country
By BASSEM MROUE and ZEINA KARAM | Associated Press

Syrian security forces launched a harsh crackdown Friday on protesters calling for political freedoms, killing at least five people and marking the gravest unrest in years in one of the most repressive states in the Mideast, according to accounts from activists and social media……

On Friday, Syrian forces used water cannons, batons and gunfire to beat up protesters in Daraa. The violence began when a large group of people emerged from the Al-Omari mosque, marching and shouting slogans against corruption and calling for more political freedoms.

A human rights activist told The Associated Press that security forces cordoned the main hospital in Daraa where some of the wounded were being treated, preventing families from visiting the victims. He cited hospital workers, but spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of government reprisals.

The government’s TV channel and news agency said “infiltrators” in Daraa caused “chaos and riots” and smashed cars and public and private property before they attacked riot police. It said a similar demonstration in the coastal town of Banyas dispersed without incident.

Amateur video footage posted on YouTube and Twitter showed large groups of protesters in several cities, but the authenticity of the footage could not be independently confirmed….

A YouTube video claiming to be shot in Banyas showed several thousand demonstrators gathering around an old stone building with a Syrian flag fluttering from its roof. A cluster of men stood on its balcony with a loudspeaker. Amid chants of “Freedom!” and “There is only one God!,” one man shouted out a list of protesters demands ranging from freedom of expression to allowing Muslim women with face veils to attend school.

Syrian forces kill three protesters in southern city
Reuters, Friday, March 18, 2011 3:16 PM EDT

Syrian security forces killed three protesters in the southern city of Deraa Friday, a resident said, in the most violent response to protests against Syria’s ruling elite since revolts swept through the Arab world.

A video aired on Facebook showed what it described as demonstrators in Deraa shouting slogans earlier in the day against Syrian tycoon Rami Makhlouf, a cousin of Assad’s who owns several large businesses.

The demonstrators were taking part in a peaceful protest demanding political freedoms and an end to corruption in Syria, which has been ruled under emergency laws by President Bashar al-Assad’s Baath Party for nearly half a century.

Smaller protests took place in the central city of Homs and the coastal town of Banias, home to one of Syria’s two oil refineries, activists said. A crowd briefly chanted slogans for freedom inside the Umayyad Mosque in Old Damascus before security forces closed in on them.

Syrian authorities have stepped up arrests of dissidents since the Arab uprisings began in January, and have a history of crushing dissent. In 1982, Assad’s father sent troops to put down an rebellion in the city of Hama, killing thousands.

In Deraa Friday, several thousand people chanted “God, Syria, Freedom” and slogans accusing the president’s family of corruption, the resident said.

He said Hussam Abdel Wali Ayyash, Akram Jawabreh and Ayhem al-Hariri were shot dead by security forces who were reinforced with troops flown in by helicopters. Scores of demonstrators were wounded in the attack in the old quarter of Deraa near the border with Jordan.

After prolonged clashes during the day, the city appeared quieter at nightfall, with a heavy security presence, the resident, who declined to be named, told Reuters.

An official statement said “infiltrators” tried to take advantage of what it termed as a gathering in Deraa by burning cars and trying to cause chaos, which required intervention by security forces. The statement did not mention any casualties.

شل مزاد الأوراق المالية الثالث في سورية

16-03-2011

ألغت وزارة المالية المزاد رقم 3/2011 الذي كان مقرراً أمس الأول.

وقال وزير المالية محمد الحسين في تصريح صحفي موضحاً سبب الإلغاء : قمنا بالإعلان عن مزاد على سند خزينة مدة عام بقيمة مليار ليرة سورية وبسعر فائدة تأشيري 1.5%، وألغي المزاد بعد الاطلاع على العروض المقدمة من قبل المصارف المشاركة بسبب ابتعاد عروض أسعار الفائدة بهامش كبير عن سعر الفائدة التأشيري الموضوع من قبلنا، حيث إن أسعار الفائدة هذه تمثل تكلفة على الخزينة العامة للدولة وبالتالي ديناً عاماً يضاف إلى أعباء الخزينة، ولذلك تسعى وزارة المالية لأن تكون هذه الفوائد بحدود مدروسة تتناسب مع قدرة الخزينة العامة للدولة على تحملها

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1. gk said:

May Allah protect the people who yearn for freedom! And may Allah take care of the dictator and his cronies!

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March 18th, 2011, 6:48 pm

 

2. jad said:

I’m not sure of the authenticity of this statement or if it’s was truly written by the parents of the victims of Friday’s protests in Daraa but if it is that will defiantly make things more complicated and more confrontational:

بيان من عشائر درعا
السبت 18-03-2011

تمهل عشائر درعا عصابات النظام المجرم قاتل ابناء سوريا أربع وعشرين ساعة من أجل:
1) الإنسحاب من المدينة وسحب المدرعات و إيقاف تحليق الطيران فوق المدينة بالإضافة للكشف عن أسماء القتلة.
2) إطلاق سراح تلاميذ الصف الرابع المحتجزين في دمشق منذ أيام ورد الاعتبار لامهاتهن الاتي أُهنَ عندما حاولن زيارة أبناءهن في دمشق ومحاسبة العناصر المسؤولة وتقديم اعتذار علني عن هذه اللأعمال اللاأخلاقية التي قام بها زبانية النَظام الكاذب.
3) إطلاق سراح معتقلي الرأي من كل أبناء سوريا وفي كافة السجون السورية على الفور.

في حالة عدم اللإذعان لهذه المطالب فإن جميع مقار الأمن بما فيها اللأمن العسكري و الأمن السياسي وفرع أمن الدولة و المخابرات الجوية سوف تكون عرضة للحرق بما فيها وسيتعرض عناصر فروع الأمن لما لايسرهم. غداًسندفن أبناءنا الشهداء في مقبرة البحار وسنرى لمن تكون اليد العليا.

يا أهل حوران يا عشائر حوران الأبية في درعا و انخل و نوى وجاسم وناحتة و الصنمين يا أهل الشيخ مسكين وإبطع والصنمين يا أهل غصم و بصرى و الغرايا والحراك و الحريك و الكرك ويا أبناء أم ولد و المسيفرة و الجيزة و صيدا والنعيمة و كحيل يا أهل بصر الحربر و إزرع و محجة يا أهل دير العدس وكفر شمس ، أن لم يرتدع هؤلاء القتلة ويستجبوا لمطالب الشعب السوري فهبوا هبة رجل واحد فو الله ننتظر منكم الكثير أعيدوها خضراء جذعا أحيلوا ليلهم نهارا وبردهم نارا فلا خير في عيش تنتهك فيه الاعراض ويقتل الابناء ويحكمنا اللصوص و اراذل الخلق.
رأينا الدمع لا يشفي لنا صدرًا ولا يُبري لنا جُرحًا
أعيرونا رصاصًا يخرق الألام لا نحتاج لا رزًا ولا قمحاً

التوقيع
اولياء الدَم

عشائر مدينة درعــــــــا

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March 18th, 2011, 8:32 pm

 

3. NK said:

Just saw this on one of the Facebook webpages related to the Syrian revolution, basically denying the previous statement and accusing the state security of publishing it in an attempt to justify the use of force against civilians. Also calling on Syrians to attend the funeral of those who were killed in Daraa, while urging people not to carry weapons, insisting the demonstrations will remain peaceful in spite of the security forces’ use of violence.

لقد تم تداول على شبكة التواصل الاجتماعي فيس بوك حوالي الساعة 2.30 بعد منتصف الليل بتوقيت دمشق بيان يحمل أسم عشائر مدينة درعا يتحدث عن تهديد ووعيد إذا لم تنفذ مطالب تتعلق بإطلاق سراح المعتقلين ويهدد بحرق فروع الأمن. أنا أيهم حداد أبن محافظة درعا وبعد اتصالات مكثفة تبين عدم مصداقية هذا البيان وإننا نحذر النظام السوري من أن مؤامرات كهذه باتت مكشوفة وبيان تم طبخه في أقبية أجهزة الامن السورية هو بمثابة مبرر لارتكاب مجزرة في مدينة درعا إذا لم تبدأ بعد. وإننا نؤكد على الطابع السلمي للتحرك الشعبي في مدينة درعا ونحمل النظام المسؤولية القانونية عن أي قطرة دم تراق في درعا الحبيبة

التوقيع أيهم حداد

Ayham Haddad
بيان هام من عشائر حوران الأبية |
بيان من جميع عشائر حوران إلى كل أبناءها في قرى و مدن حوران بالتوجه يوم غد السبت الموافق 19-3-2011 إلى مدينة درعا البلد لتشييع جثامين الشهداء الذين سقطوا يوم أمس في الجامع العمري ، و المشاركة بالتظاهرة السلمية… بعد التشييع للمطالبة بالحرية و الكرامة و القصاص من الجناة فوراً و الدعوة عامة لجميع أبناء الشعب السوري .
كما و تهيب وجوه العشائر بأبنائها عدم حمل السلاح خلال المظاهرة و تود إحاطة الجميع بأنه لن يتم فتح أي بيت عزاء في شهداء الوطن لحين جلب الجناة للعدالة ..
رحم الله شهداءنا و الحرية و الكرامة لأبناء شعبنا

http://on.fb.me/hREJ1H

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March 18th, 2011, 10:13 pm

 

4. Norman said:

What is happening in Syria is going to delay any reform for years, as usual the goal of the opposition is not improving Syria no matter who is in power, their goal is to be in power, then think about how to improve Syria, after what happened in Iraq and now in Libya it is going to make the Syrian government and the Baath party get closer and fight back, in 1979 during the assassinations that the Muslim brotherhood were inflicting on the Syrian intellectual, there was calls for reform and we saw what we see now Mustafa Tlass at that time said in Homs (( We are revolutionaries and will never give up under pressure, we will fight back,))
I do not see any chance at this time for political reform, except in one case ::\

The Muslim brotherhood comes out condemning the violent demonstrations and calling for supporting Syria and the government,and calling for calm to return, that will show the government the responsibility of the MB and I believe that will open the way to lift the emergency law and probably cancel the law that condemns member of the MB to death, and set the motion on the right tract for political reform .
i wonder if the MB have the foresight to do that.

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March 18th, 2011, 10:35 pm

 

5. Norman said:

This is for you, be alert,they are not helping us they are occupying us.

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بروفة ليبية والهدف سورية

عبد الباري عطوان
بعد ساعات قليلة من صدور قرار مجلس الامن الدولي رقم 1973 الذي يسمح بالتدخل العسكري الخارجي لحماية الثوار الليبيين المسلحين في وجه المجازر الدموية التي يرتكبها نظام الزعيم الليبي معمر القذافي وكتائب ابنائه، اقدمت قوات الامن اليمنية على قتل اكثر من اربعين متظاهرا يمنيا واصابة المئات، اثناء اقتحامها لمسجد في صنعاء كانوا يعتصمون فيه بطريقة سلمية.
الصور التي شاهدناها للمجزرة هذه على شاشة قناة ‘الجزيرة’ اظهرت بالدليل القاطع ان اطلاق الرصاص جاء بهدف القتل، لان معظم الاصابات كانت في الرأس والصدر والعنق، ومن قبل قناصة محترفين ومدربين بشكل جيد للقيام بمثل هذه المهام الدموية.
ما نريد التأكيد عليه هو ان هناك انتقائية في مسألة حماية الثورات، والتدخل العسكري الغربي في هذا الصدد، فاليمن ليس بلدا نفطيا، ولا يصدر ما يقرب من المليوني برميل من النفط الخفيف النادر يوميا، ويحتل مكانة بارزة على قائمة الدول العشرين الافقر عالميا.
الادارة الامريكية ترددت كثيرا في التدخل عسكريا في ليبيا، واصرت ادارة الرئيس باراك اوباما على تدخل عربي عالي المستوى، في البداية كانت المؤشرات جيدة في هذا الاطار، حيث ايد اجتماع طارئ لوزراء الخارجية العرب هذا التدخل الاسبوع الماضي، وكانت هناك خمس دول مستعدة للمشاركة، ولكن الرقم انكمش الى دولتين فقط هما قطر ودولة الامارات العربية المتحدة، وهناك احتمال غير مؤكد بانضمام الاردن لاحقا.
ويمكن القول ان من اسباب تردد الرئيس اوباما ايضا هو تغطية تكاليف اي تدخل عسكري في ليبيا، ويبدو ان هذه المسألة جرى حلها عندما تعهدت دولتان، هما قطر ودولة الامارات العربية المتحدة، بالمشاركة بسخاء في تغطية الجزء الاكبر من هذه التكلفة، ومن غير المستبعد ان تستخدم الاموال الليبية المجمدة لتغطية ما تبقى من النفقات.
كنت اتمنى لو ان التدخل العسكري في الازمة الليبية جاء عربيا صرفا، وبمشاركة جارتي ليبيا اللتين شهدتا ثورتين سلميتين عربيتين نجحتا في تغيير النظام فيهما اي مصر وتونس، حيث تتلقى الاولى مساعدة عسكرية سنوية امريكية في حدود مليار وثلث المليار دولار، ولكن يبدو انهما ترددتا في التدخل لشكوك مشروعة حول جدواه، ولرغبتهما في التركيز على اوضاعهما الداخلية في هذه المرحلة الانتقالية الحرجة التي تمران بها.
الثوار الليبيون رقصوا حتى الصباح في الميدان الرئيسي في مدينة بنغازي احتفالا بصدور القرار الدولي بالتدخل العسكري، ولكن المفاجأة الكبرى جاءت في ترحيب وزير الخارجية الليبي موسى كوسا به، والالتزام ببنوده، واعلان وقف كامل لاطلاق النار لتأكيد نوايا نظام العقيد القذافي في هذا الصدد.
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ربما لا نبالغ اذا قلنا ان الزعيم الليبي الذي يصفه بعض المحللين العرب بالجنون، نجح في استدراج الغرب للتورط عسكريا في ليبيا عندما سرب انباء عن عزم قواته مهاجمة بنغازي للتعجيل بصدور القرار حتى يقدم نفسه كضحية لمؤامرة تدخل خارجي، تماما مثلما نجح في تحويل الثورة الليبية من ثورة سلمية بحتة الى تمرد عسكري عندما تركها تحرر مدنا، وتحقق انتصارات في ميادين القتال.
مصداقية العقيد القذافي في اوساط شعبه متدنية للغاية، مثلما هي عليه في اوساط الجماهير العربية، ووصلت الى الحضيض عندما حاول ان يغازل اسرائيل بالقول ان اطاحة نظامه سيؤدي الى حالة من عدم الاستقرار في المنطقة قد تؤثر على استقرار اسرائيل نفسها. ولكن ربما يجادل، في محاولاته لكشف النفاق الغربي، بالقول ان الولايات المتحدة لم تفرض حظرا جويا على قطاع غزة في وجه قنابل الفوسفور الحارقة التي تلقيها الطائرات الاسرائيلية على المدنيين العزل اثناء عدوان عام 2008، او التذكير بان الدول الغربية صمتت 34 يوما على عدوان اسرائيلي آخر على جنوب لبنان والضاحية الجنوبية من بيروت استخدمت فيه كل انواع الاسلحة.
الحظر الجوي الذي فرضته بريطانيا والولايات المتحدة في شمال العراق لحماية الاكراد، وفي جنوبه لحماية الشيعة عام 1994 لم يطح بنظام الرئيس الراحل صدام حسين، بل ان هذا النظام استمر في السلطة لاكثر من احد عشر عاماً رغم الحظر ورغم العقوبات الدولية الشرسة، واضطرت الدولتان الى غزو العراق واحتلاله، وتفكيك مؤسساته، وحل جيشه، واغراق البلد في فتنة طائفية ناهيك عن استشهاد مليون عراقي واصابة اربعة ملايين آخرين على الاقل.
السيد عمرو موسى امين عام جامعة الدول العربية الذي يسن اسنانه لخوض انتخابات الرئاسة في مصر قال ان التدخل العسكري الغربي في ليبيا ليس غزواً ولكنه لحماية الليبيين، والشيء نفسه قاله ديفيد كاميرون رئيس وزراء بريطانيا، ولكن من يعرف كيف ستتطور الاوضاع في الاشهر او الاعوام المقبلة، فالسيناريو الذي شاهدنا فصوله في العراق قد يتكرر حرفياً في ليبيا.
لا نعرف ما اذا كانت الدول العربية التي ايدت هذا الحظر قد فكرت جيداً بالعواقب التي يمكن ان تترتب عليه في المستقبل، خاصة انها ليست محصنة من الثورات الشعبية، فالاستبداد ملّة واحدة، فماذا لو طالب الشيعة في القطيف والهفوف والدمام شرق المملكة العربية السعودية بمناطق حظر جوي لحماية ثورتهم المستقبلية، خاصة انهم يقيمون فوق معظم الاحتياطات النفطية السعودية؟ وماذا لو طلب نظراؤهم الذين يواجهون القمع حالياً بالشيء نفسه بعد تفريق اعتصامهم بميدان اللؤلؤة في وسط المنامة بطريقة دموية، خاصة ان بان كي مون امين عام الامم المتحدة وصف هذا العمل بانه قد يرتقي الى جرائم حرب.
لا يوجد اي ضمان بان هذا التدخل الغربي في حال حدوثه سيحقق النتائج المرجوة، بل ربما يعطي نتائج عكسية اكثر خطورة، وهذا ما يفسر امتناع دولة مثل المانيا عن التصويت لصالحه في مجلس الامن الدولي اسوة بالبرازيل والصين وروسيا.
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ليبيا مرشحة لحرب اهلية، وربما خطر التقسيم او حتى التفتيت فمن غير الواضح ان العقيد معمر القذافي وعصابته سيستسلمون بسهولة، ولماذا يستسلمون بعدما صدر قرار بادانته وابنائه وكبار قادته العسكريين، كمجرمي حرب، او بعد اغلاق كل ابواب الانسحاب الى ملاذات آمنة في وجوههم.
القوات الغربية تملك قدرات تدميرية هائلة لا جدال في ذلك، ولكن علينا ان نتذكر ان هذه القدرات لم تستطع هزيمة حركة طالبان البدائية المتخلفة عسكرياً في افغانستان، او المقاومة في العراق. فالتدخل العسكري يتسم بالسهولة على الورق، ولكن ربما تأتي المفاجآت المؤلمة بعد تطبيقه عملياً.
في الشرق الاوسط ثلاث دول فاشلة هي افغانستان والعراق واليمن، وليبيا قد تكون الرابعة اذا ما طال امد التدخل العسكري، ولم يتم الحسم في اسابيع معدودة. والدول الفاشلة تتحول دائماً الى مرتع للفوضى وفي حالة ليبيا الارهاب والهجرة غير الشرعية الى الشاطئ الآخر من المتوسط اي اوروبا.
يسودنا شعور قوي بان القرار بالتدخل العسكري في ليبيا يستهدف في الاساس دولاً مثل سورية، وربما ايران، اي انه سيكون بمثابة ‘بروفة’ لتدخل اكبر وبأسلحة ضارية اقوى، لان ليبيا تظل هدفاً سهلاً بالمقارنة مع الدولتين المذكورتين.
نخشى على الثورات العربية، من مصير الثورة الليبية الشريفة التي يريد البعض في الغرب وفي الحكومات العربية الى تحويلها الى ‘كونترا’ ثانية وتشويه صورتها الناصعة البياض بالتالي. فالشعب الليبي بات ضحية وحشين كاسرين الاول هو نظام العقيد معمر القذافي الاستبدادي الدموي المتحجر، والاطماع الغربية في ثرواته.
هذا الشعب الشجاع يستحق الانعتاق من جلاده، مثلما يستحق الوصول الى اهدافه المشروعة في الكرامة والحرية وبناء دولة ديمقراطية عصرية.
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ذلك حذر تنظيم القاعدة في المغرب الاسلامي من ‘التحركات المشبوهة’ للولايات المتحدة وحلف شمال الاطلسي في ليبيا، داعيا الليبيين الى الاعتماد على قوتهم الذاتية وعلى الاسلام، الذي يشكل ‘بعد الثورات الروحي ومصدر قوتها’، على ما جاء في تسجيل صوتي جرى بثه على الانترنت.
وجاء في التسجيل المنسوب الى ‘الشيخ ابو مصعب عبد الودود’، الذي وجهه الى ثوار ليبيا ‘ان معركتكم التي تخوضونها اليوم مع الطغاة هي نفسها معركتنا بالامس واليوم، فاخوانكم المجاهدون ولسنوات عديدة ظلوا يقارعون هؤلاء الطغاة ويصدون الحملة الصلبيبية الجديدة’. واضاف ‘كان من ثمرات ذلك هزيمة رأس الكفر امريكا وحلفائها وتراجع دعمهم لعملائهم الذي بدأوا يتساقطون اثر ثورة المسلمين عليهم’.
وحذر ابو مصعب عبد الودود في التسجيل الذي استمر 12 دقيقة من تدخل الولايات المتحدة وحلف شمال الاطلسي في ليبيا. وقال ‘ان امريكا ومعها الناتو هم اصل البلاء فكيف يرتجى منهم خير او مساعدة’.
واضاف ‘هم العدو، فالحذر الحذر من التحركات المشبوهة لامريكا وحلفائها، وليأخذ المسلمون في ليبيا اهبتهم واستعدادهم لها من الآن’.

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March 18th, 2011, 10:47 pm

 
 

7. NK said:

Norman, the MB in Syria is nothing like the MB in Egypt, and while the movement survived in Egypt, it was mostly if not totally eradicated in Syria, its members survived in exile, but it really doesn’t have that much leverage inside Syria, it really doesn’t.

As for the opposition wanting to be in power, what opposition are you talking about ? a popular movement can’t be power hungry because it doesn’t have any leaders and doesn’t belong to any one party. If you’re talking about those “opposition figures” appearing on “opposition stations”, I’m not sure why you’re assuming they have any leverage over those demonstrating, actually if Syrian youth truly broke free of their shackles I doubt we would see another dictatorships in Syria for at least a couple generations.

And finally, I find it really odd that you would ask anyone to support the Syrian government and condemn the “violent” demonstrations, after at least 3 unarmed civilians were killed!!!

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March 18th, 2011, 11:20 pm

 

8. Norman said:

Apparently , the Kurds are leading the uprising according to Elaph,

http://naheda.elaphblog.com/posts.aspx?U=64&A=77149

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March 18th, 2011, 11:22 pm

 

9. Leo said:

Norman,

Your Baath party and regime will go down soon. The regime rules with the same mentality that you hold, an anti-freedom anti-democratic fascist ideology which believes that the only way the regime would remove the emergency laws is for the opposition groups to call the people to go home. You live in the past norman, wake up and smell the coffee. The people in the street have nothing to do with the Muslim Brotherhood. You sound just like Gaddafi who called the Libyan revolutionaries Al Qaeda terrorists. This same mentality, if it doesn’t change, will take us to civil war very soon. Then there is only one side to blame, the same side who has been 40+ years in control.

8. Norman said:

“Apparently , the Kurds are leading the uprising according to Elaph,”

How do you not know that Hauranis in South Syria are Arabs and not Kurds? If you don’t know such a simple fact then I encourage you to learn more about Syrian demographics. If you do know that fact, then you need to work your critical thinking skills and stop posting things just for the sake of it.

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March 18th, 2011, 11:23 pm

 

10. Alex said:

Lebanese Annahar is obviously eager to see some action in Syria. For now they are using their imagination it seems:

They reported “hundreds of thousands” demonstrating in Banias! (a city that has 30,000 maybe), that’s the 1000 you see in the video Joshua posted above … and Annahar also saw “Tanks firing water” on demonstrators.

http://www.annahar.com/content.php?priority=5&table=main&type=main&day=Sat

بدت دبابات سورية تفتح عليهم خراطيم المياه. وظهر في شريط قيل إنه صور في بانياس مئات الآلاف من المتظاهرين يتجمعون حول مبنى قديم يعلوه علم سوري.

Gives us a hint of what’s to come … back to the disinformation campaigns of 2005 and 2006.

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March 18th, 2011, 11:34 pm

 

11. Norman said:

Leo,

keep dreaming, you seem not to care where you are taking Syria, then why should i be surprised,
By the way Kurds are not just in NE Syria , I wonder why nothing happened in Aleppo and Hama .

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March 18th, 2011, 11:41 pm

 

12. Jad said:

Leo, NK,
You two are taking the sectarian threat and language, even the sectarian ideas of splitting Syria proposed by Observer earlier lighter than it should. You both denying the obvious, as much as you blaming the regime on everything you need to be cautious of what to believe and run after or blindly support. You asked Norman to wake up, you two need to wake up too.

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March 18th, 2011, 11:47 pm

 

13. SOURI said:

“Amid chants of “Freedom!” and “There is only one God!,” one man shouted out a list of protesters demands ranging from freedom of expression to allowing Muslim women with face veils to attend school.”

This media bias is the most serious threat to Syria now. The crowd didn’t call for freedom of expression. I put the video in a previous post. Their first demand was to ban mixed-sex schools, their second demand was to reduce the cost of electricity, and their third demand was to revoke a decision that moved away religious extremist women with face veils from education. I don’t know how these demands were translated by the Associated Press correspondents as “demands ranging from freedom of expression to allowing Muslim women with face veils to attend school.” Somebody should send a complaint letter to this news agency for this deliberate falsification of the people’s demands.

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March 18th, 2011, 11:50 pm

 

14. SOURI said:

If this thing escalates and the Syrian regime manages to quell it by force, then the regime must work to really secularize the country this time. If the regime goes back to the policy of appeasement with the Islamists then I will probably become myself an Islamist and fight against the regime.

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March 18th, 2011, 11:58 pm

 

15. Jad said:

It is treason, now they are asking for international and UN protection and involvement SERIOUSLY!!! At least wait another day before you show us the real ugly face of this ‘revolution’ and what you ‘really’ asking for.
I declare my stand against these guys, I choose Syria, the Syrians and my corrupted government and my Syrian president over this treason.
Go To Hell Traitors!

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March 19th, 2011, 12:07 am

 

16. Majhool said:

Souri,

I like your name but like to provide you with a suggestion.

Join your fellow syrians quest for more freedom. This way the circle of support for these basic rights will grow begger. This and only thing that will cut the wings of those with islamic tendencies.

Islamists in Egypt also were first to speak up. However when the rest of the people joined them, they become part of a whole and no longer dominant.

Instead of digging for dirt, make it cleaner. Stop fooling your self of regime secularism, tfeh on a secularism based on repression. Syria’s future will be a diverse one. Islamists, liberals, marxisit, Arabists, etc..

Cheers

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March 19th, 2011, 12:12 am

 

17. Norman said:

Jad,
I am glad, see we agree, I think what Souri said about pushing for a real secular state in Syria as Ataturk did in Turkey is probably the only way to save Syria, no more compromises,

Push forward.

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March 19th, 2011, 12:18 am

 

18. VEDAT THE TURK said:

For all those who criticize the demonstrators, please answer the following questions:

1. Why has Syria been governed under emergency rule for nearly 50 years?

2. Why is Bashar Assad the president of the nation? How did he get there? Who ordained him? Did the people of Syria, who he rules, have any say in the matter?

3. Why is the Assad and Makhlouf (maternal cousins) families the wealthiest in the country while the average Syrian is amongst the poorest in the region?

I would ask everyone in this forum to see if they can recognize the possible biases / prejudices in others answers.

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March 19th, 2011, 12:19 am

 

19. SOURI said:

Let me quote again علي الأحمد (a leading figure in the Syrian Revolution):

الحكم الطائفي لا يقاوم بالورد والديمقراطية، والحكم الطائفي نتيجته بالتأكيد حرب طائفية رغبنا أو كرهنا فتلك سنة الحياة في الأرض، الحكم العسكري والشمولي نتيجته أن يرحل بثورة تطيح به من جنسه وكذلك الحكم الديمقراطي يطاح به من خلال صناديق الاقتراع، فإلى من يتشدق ويتحدث عن الحرب الطائفية وأن التكفيريين هم من يريدونها عليهم أن يراجعوا أنفسهم ويعرفوا أن النظام الطائفي هو من قاد إلى ذلك، ومن كفر عشرات الآلاف من صحابة رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ورضي الله عنهم لا يحق له أن يتهم الآخرين بتلك الصفة التي تقمصها وتجسدها كابرا عن كابر ..

Ali al-Ahmad says that a sectarian war in Syria is سنة الحياة في الأرض. I love this guy because he writes what he thinks bluntly and without the usual hypocrisy that we hear from the modern generation of Islamists.

Those guys want to start a sectarian war in Syria and they don’t care if it leads to the division of the country. Ali al-Ahmad is not a fringe character. His website is popular among the Syrian Islamists, and it was on his website that I read a few weeks ago that the Syrian Revolution would start from Hauran. I think that the أبازيد family which is responsible for the current events in Hauran has direct connections to him.

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March 19th, 2011, 12:21 am

 

20. Majhool said:

Dear Jad,

Who is “they”?. THis is headless movement, so each will speak for him/her self.

Don’t concern your self too much with an idiot her and there and please stop reading syria-news and champress.

the 20+ million syrians are patriotic. Nothing of the sort you mentioned is realistically possible.

some argue that trason is to have 1.9 billion dollars in a swiss bank.

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March 19th, 2011, 12:21 am

 

21. Jad said:

Ya Turk,
SNP already answered you, stop repeating your comment it’s annoying!

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March 19th, 2011, 12:22 am

 

22. Vedat the Turk said:

@Norm

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March 19th, 2011, 12:26 am

 

23. DemocracyNow said:

It’s really disheartening that there’s not a single word of condemnation for the killings here on this page.

We can debate change and readiness for democracy endlessly: but we must ALL stand against the killing of unarmed civilians.

Even if the ‘instigators’ of these protests were all Islamists (which is a flimsy allegation, since the sit-in in front of the interior ministry had many secular people judging by their political leanings ….and the way the were dressed), even then: you should all be for their right to protest. The Syrian people are smart enough to call sectarian BS when they see it. But a dialog and a modicum of freedom of expression must be established first.

I have been a supporter of the regime and its foreign policy for years. But I do not understand how killing people is necessary for the preservation of it. I’m bewildered by Bashar: I genuinely believe he is a good person. But why let loose your security people when you know things could turn ugly? Why continue this silly propaganda that almost reads like carbon copies of press releases from Egyptian and Tunisian regimes?

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March 19th, 2011, 12:26 am

 

24. Jad said:

Dear Majhool,
I’m not quoting Syria news or Cham crap press,
it is written in the last statement of the ‘revolutionist’
it’s unacceptable and stab in the back to all those youth who believed in freedom to discover that they were used and killed for treason.

Dear Norman,
I still believe in all the things I asked for and when I’m forced to choose my Syrian corrupted government doesn’t mean that I agree with them or support their savage actions or respect what they do, I choose that but I won’t stop asking for my rights and to be treated with dignity by this corrupted government.

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March 19th, 2011, 12:35 am

 

25. Vedat The Turk said:

@Norm
Thanks for your comments. They are appreciated.

However I am uncertain what \”reforms\” you are referring to? Bashar Assad came to power over a decade ago promising major reforms. As best as I can tell nothing of significance has yet to be implemented during the entire time. Is there something in particular you were hoping for or expected?

Thanks in advance.

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March 19th, 2011, 12:37 am

 

26. Majhool said:

Jad, Souri, & even Norman,

What is secterianism? let me give you some hints

1) Feelings of contempt to other communal groups for idiological ( theological) reasons

2) Concentration of instituational power & previlages in the hands of one communal group relative to another.

3) a political reality where community intersts are define across communal ( not necessarly theological) differences.

3) a political system based on the balance of power between communal groups.

In syria’s case number 3 is not relevant.

In syria we suffer from 1 &2.

In my view number 2 feeds number 1.

P.S. number one will always be there. In the US many hate muslims becasue they are muslims. However, the system protects all. you can’t erradicate number 1, but the safety valve is to prevent number 2 from taking place.

Wa fehmkon kefayeh

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March 19th, 2011, 12:37 am

 

27. NK said:

Jad

I’m not taking them lightly, I said in an earlier post they’re real threats, I just have more faith in the Syrian people and more confidence that they’re well capable of facing such threats on their own.

SOURI

Please stop spreading your Islamophobia here, girls wearing face veils are “religious extremist” ?. In a state where women already suffer from social injustice, you actually support adding to that denying them the right to get education because of how they choose to dress ?
Also I don’t see the problem when people ask for separate schools for boys and girls, it’s their RIGHT to ask for whatever they want as long as they do it peacefully, and it’s the OBLIGATION of the government too meet their demands if those demands are reasonable.

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March 19th, 2011, 12:43 am

 

28. SOURI said:

Listen to this revolutionary message, the theme and music feel like it is Al-Qaeda message:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qrj2rAMxLS0&feature=related

Listen to the words in the opening song (سيف، موت، رعد، برق إلخ).

I lived in Syria and I know Syrians very well. Most Syrians who oppose the regime are religious extremists. This is the truth.

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March 19th, 2011, 12:43 am

 

29. jad said:

Souri,
What are the resources that lead you to believe and be sure that ‘Ali Ahmad’ is one of the leaders of this thing they are calling revolution while in real it is a mean for destroying Syria?

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March 19th, 2011, 12:46 am

 

30. Nafdik said:

#21 jad, assad lovers have been repeating the same song for 40 years and we are very tired of it. Please allow vedat to repeat himself twice.

You might find this annoying as you say, but probably through repetion some logic might go through as the arabic proverb says.

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March 19th, 2011, 12:52 am

 

31. jad said:

Very funny Nafdik haha!, why you are writing to me answer him.

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March 19th, 2011, 12:56 am

 

32. NK said:

Souri

Have you actually listened to what that guy said in that video, or you just choose to label him a terrorist and move on ? His massage was pretty decent and if Syrians revolutionaries indeed are going follow what this guy is preaching then I support them 110%

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March 19th, 2011, 1:16 am

 

33. Leo said:

Jad,

I do not take sectarian language easily. I am a staunch secularist in a sense of opposing all forms of religious extremism and supporting the creation of a wall between religion and state, but at the same time I staunchly respect the civil liberties of citizens including the freedom of religion, assembly, and speech.

What random people say on some forums or on facebook is no indicator of what is happening on the ground. If you listened carefully to what the demonstrators were chanting, most were saying something in the lines of “Allah, Syria, W Bas”. Whenever the security forces clash and start arresting the demonstrators, the people continue to chant “Silmiye, Silmiye” (Peaceful, Peaceful) refusing to use violence. What was the retaliation of the regime? It was a violent retaliation that resulted in 3-5 death and many more arrested. Is there any justification or excuse for that? I doubt it.

Cheers.

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March 19th, 2011, 1:23 am

 

34. Nour said:

I think people need to stop alluding themselves. What is taking place is NOT a revolution. A revolution is an organized process based on clear ideas and principles. This is a chaotic collection of people who want to topple the regime for the sake of toppling it, and they are willing to use any method to do so. That doesn’t mean that they are anywhere near toppling the regime because they surely are not, but that appears to be their intention.

The so-called revolutionaries have yet to provide a clear, coherent message, as they have none. Of course they repeat empty slogans of freedom and democracy, but that in itself doesn’t mean anything. Everyone claims to desire “freedom” and “democracy”. You are never going to find a group claiming to fight for slavery and tyranny. The question is what exactly is your conception of freedom and how do you go about achieving it. Until now we have only heard muddled and confused chants which include, among other things, the elimination of mixed-sex schools and cursing the “Alawites”. Seriously, why should I support such a so-called movement that doesn’t really have any direction other than cursing the regime and hoping for its downfall. Everyone supports freedom for all Syrians, meaning freedom for the Syrian nation to do what is best for society as well as individual liberties within Syria. But we certainly do not support chaos and the toppling of the regime just for the sake of toppling it.

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March 19th, 2011, 1:33 am

 

35. jad said:

Leo,
I already know how secular you are and I highly respect that in you. You should know by now my answer to you last question: nothing justify using force on peaceful protesters but for them to call for International interference in Syria is simply treason and must be condemned.

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March 19th, 2011, 1:38 am

 

36. Nafdik said:

Nour, As you mentioned yourself Nour the protests are part of a movement not a party.

The movement has only one common denominator: freedom and dignity of syrians.

There are 10s of parties formnig in tunis now, with opposite directions. We do not want one party hijacking the protests and then ntaking power, what we want is simply to have the freedom to discuss our issues in open way and then resolve our differences through voting.

This formula has proven to be the most effective all over the world and this what all arabs are asking for, except those who are behind the trigger.

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March 19th, 2011, 1:52 am

 

37. jad said:

Well said Nour, but the problem we are facing now is that the organizers of this chaotic movement intentionally or by mistake are pushing all Syrians into the corner to clash which is the most dangerous game to play.

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March 19th, 2011, 1:54 am

 

38. Syrian NOT AGENT FOR ANYONE said:

I never been in any opposition to the Syrian regime. However, supporting QADDAFI regime against his people,killing the people in Daraa and arresting people in the Omayyad mosque are going to force many Syrians to stand up against the regime.
These protests are the only outcome for the 48 years of dictatorship. The government in Syria is not immune from what is happening in the middle east. Mr. President needs to stop being disrespectful to his people anymore, every time he gave an interview, he says that the reform needs more education and will take very long time. Please read the Syrian history prior to the military coups.
I am wondering if the Syrian people have to wait for reform until Hafez Bashar Assad is ready until inherit the country.
FREEDOME NOW, REFORM NOW, STOP THE KIILING!

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March 19th, 2011, 2:00 am

 

39. jad said:

Dear Alex,
You are very quite lately, talk to us 🙂

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March 19th, 2011, 2:08 am

 

40. Vedat The Turk said:

Thanks Nafdik.

Yes, I am repeating myself to make a point. Hopefully some of the posters in this group will think about the questions I pose and what it says about the regime and why people would demonstrate against it.

Karl Marx once stated that he believed that Napoleon III was the smartest politician in all of Europe but that everyone perceived him to be a fool. I believe the complete opposite is true of Bashar Assad!

The answer to my questions are self evident and provided below:

QUESTION 1. Why has Syria been governed under emergency rule for nearly 50 years?
ANSWER 1. So that the regime can maintain control over those it rules.

QUESTION 2. Why is Bashar Assad the president of the nation? How did he get there? Who ordained him? Did the people of Syria, who he rules, have any say in the matter?
ANSWER 2. Bashar Assad is the President of Syria because his father anointed him. The Syrian people had absolutely no say in the matter.

QUESTION 3. Why is the Assad and Makhlouf (maternal cousins) families the wealthiest in the country while the average Syrian is amongst the poorest in the region?
ANSWER 3. Corruption and greed!

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March 19th, 2011, 2:15 am

 

41. Alex said:

PBS report on Syria today

Watch the full episode. See more PBS NewsHour.

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March 19th, 2011, 3:06 am

 

42. Off the Wall said:

This may seem irrelevant, but it carries a lot of meaning. Free press does matter and Dignity is very sweet

صحفيو تونس يشجبون “إهانة” أميركية

شجبت نقابة الصحفيين التونسيين في بيان لها صدر أمس ما سمته “الإهانة” التي تعرض لها صحفيون محليون، من طرف رجال الأمن الأميركيين الذين رافقوا وزير الخارجية هيلاري كلينتون في زيارتها الأخيرة للبلاد.

وأكدت النقابة أن الصحفيين تعرضوا لتفتيش دقيق باستعمال الكلاب المدربة وبطريقة مهينة، مضيفة أنهم ظلوا لمدة ثلاث ساعات كاملة ينتظرون انتهاء كلينتون من حوار تلفزيوني للقاء بها في ندوة صحفية.

ونددت غالبية الصحف المحلية بهذه الممارسات واعتبرتها انتهاكا للسيادة الوطنية خاصة أن عمليات التفتيش تمت داخل مقر وزارة الخارجية التونسية، ووصفت النقابة ما تعرض له الصحفيون بأنه “ينم عن عدم احترام وعن غطرسة عمياء”.

وتراجع أفراد الطاقم الأمني الأميركي بسبب احتجاجات الصحفيين، وأفسحوا المجال لأفراد الأمن التونسي ليقوموا بعملية التفتيش.

غير أن تأخر كلينتون لأكثر من ثلاث ساعات دفع غالبية الصحفيين إلى مغادرة مقر الندوة، احتجاجا على ما جرى أثناء التفتيش وكذلك على عدم تواصل المسؤولين معهم بشأن التأخير.

وردد نحو 100 متظاهر قبالة مقر وزارة الخارجية التونسية شعارات مناهضة للولايات المتحدة الأميركية، وطالبوا كلينتون بالرحيل، ورفعوا شعارات تندد بالزيارة مثل “هيلاري ارحلي”، و”لا للوجود العسكري الأميركي في تونس”

Bare in mind that few months ago, Mrs Clinton hectored Arab ministers in a very obnoxious manners without anyone of them daring to say a ward.

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March 19th, 2011, 4:10 am

 

43. Revlon said:

Dear Nour,
34.
Statement”:
“I think people need to stop alluding themselves. What is taking place is NOT a revolution. A revolution is an organized process based on clear ideas and principles. This is a chaotic collection of people who want to topple the regime for the sake of toppling it, and they are willing to use any method to do so.”

Comment:
The oldest, and most famous peoples revolutions in history, the French revolution, was spontaneous and not organised.
The most recent ones, Tunisian, Libyan, and Egyptian: ditto

I have just searched the internet for the definition of the Word “Revolution”. Here is but a couple:
1. an overthrow or repudiation and the thorough replacement of an established government or political system by the people governed http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/revolution
2. A revolution (from the Latin revolutio, “a turn around”) is a fundamental change in power or organizational structures that takes place in a relatively short period of time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolution

The brand of revolution that you described applys to military coups d’eta and armed liberation movements.
The current regime is of such vintage.

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March 19th, 2011, 5:37 am

 

44. Revlon said:

#41
OFF THE WAll
Thank you for your posting.
Reading it has made me feel proud.

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March 19th, 2011, 5:41 am

 

45. democracynow said:

The Revolution Reaches Damascus

Recent protests in Syria show that the Assad regime is just as vulnerable to popular rage as the region’s other autocracies.

DAMASCUS, Syria — Until this week, it appeared that Syria might be immune from the turmoil that has gripped the Middle East. But trouble may now be starting to brew.

On March 18, popular demonstrations escalated into the most serious anti-government action during Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s decade-long rule. Security forces opened fire on a demonstration in the southern city of Deraa, killing at least two protesters. The unrest also does not appear to be contained to any one geographical region: Protests were also reported in the northwestern city of Banias, the western city of Homs, the eastern city of Deir al-Zur, and the capital of Damascus.

The demonstrations began on March 15, when a small group of people gathered in Souq al-Hamidiyeh, Damascus’s historic covered market, to turn the ruling Baath Party’s slogans against it. “God, Syria, freedom — that’s enough,” they chanted. The phrase is a play on words on the Baathist mantra: “God, Syria, Bashar — that’s enough.” The next day, around 100 activists and relatives of political prisoners gathered in front of the Interior Ministry in Damascus’s Marjeh Square to demand the release of Syria’s jailed dissidents.

The protests may be small fry by regional standards, but in Syria — repressively ruled under a state of emergency since the Baath Party came to power in 1963 — they are unprecedented. An atmosphere of fear and secrecy makes the extent of discontent hard to ascertain. Sources outside the country said demonstrations took place in six of Syria’s 14 provinces on Tuesday. Those claims were hard to verify, but the government is clearly rattled: It has beefed up the presence of its security forces, a ragtag-looking bunch in leather jackets, across the country and especially in the northeast, home to a large and often restless Kurdish population, and Aleppo.

The next day’s protests were met with a brutal response by Syrian security agents, who far outnumbered protesters. Plainclothes officers wielding wooden batons beat the silent demonstrators — old and young, male and female.

“They were goons, thugs who reacted disproportionately,” one witness said. Thirty-eight people were detained, including the 10-year-old son of a political prisoner. Also arrested were a number of activists — including Mazen Darwish, the former head of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression, which was officially shut down by authorities in 2009, and Suhair Atassi, an outspoken figure who has become a thorn in the government’s side.

The protests this week are not the first faint rumblings of discontent in Syria. Two failed “days of rage” on Feb. 4 and 5 fizzled — a fact that some blamed on the weather, but was more likely because they were organized on Facebook mainly by Syrians outside the country — but other indirect displays of anger have taken place. On Feb. 16, a group of businessmen in Damascus’s al-Hariqa district, a market area in the old city, took to the streets to protest a police beating. On Feb. 22 and 23, groups held vigils outside the Libyan Embassy in solidarity with anti-Qaddafi rebels. They were dispersed violently.

The identities of those organizing this wave of demonstrations remain a mystery. Syria’s community of dissidents is a small, disparate, and disconnected bunch. But protest seem to be coming from varied sources — Tuesday’s protest was not organized by the usual suspects of activists and former political prisoners. This is a sign of disorganization, perhaps, but also that discontent is not confined to one group and that there may be a growing unhappiness at the grassroots level.

“People are angry that they are not respected, that there are no jobs, education and health care are poor, that corruption is draining their money, that they do not have real freedom, that the media does not reflect our problems and that there is no system because everything happens by opaque presidential decrees,” said Abdel Ayman Nour, a Syrian dissident who runs the website All4Syria from abroad. “Syrians simply want to be respected as citizens and are angry they are treated as sheep.”

The Syrian regime, usually a savvy player, seems confused about how to respond to these signs of unrest. It has veered between offers of reform to denial, arrests, intimidation, and beatings. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal published on Jan. 31, Assad claimed that “Syria is stable,” crediting his anti-U.S. and anti-Israel foreign policy for being in line with his people’s beliefs. The president also promised political reforms would take place this year — but simultaneously, media run by or with close ties to the state have accused infiltrators and Israel of being behind protests.

March 16’s beatings, which were more severe than those used to break up the vigil on Feb. 23, may signal a new zero-tolerance approach by the government. And that would mark a dangerous course for the regime.

“Such a reaction only makes us more angry,” said one civil society activist who asked not to be named. “It is further humiliation of an already humiliated population. How can you talk of reforms and at the same time beat us and treat us as stupid?”

Reforms may be the wiser path to pursue, but the Assad regime faces a daunting task in assuaging its citizens’ economic grievances — let alone their political gripes. The country suffers from double-digit unemployment and GDP growth that appears too sluggish to improve the lot of its rapidly growing population. To make matters worse, a years-long drought in the north has been disastrous for the country’s beleaguered farmers.

Nobody in Syria is sure what will happen next. And there are still sound reasons to believe the protests are one-off events. The core reasons Syrians have stayed quiescent remain: tight control by the security forces, worries of sectarian fallout in the absence of a strongman, and, in many quarters, a fondness for Assad, whom many see as a reformer.

The bloody events in Libya have also scared the population. Remembering what happened to the city of Hama in 1982, when Bashar’s father brutally suppressed an uprising by the Muslim Brotherhood, Syrians fear the response to any unrest here will be similar to that of Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi: a violent and sustained bid to cling to power.

“There is no doubt the regime will resort to anything to stay in power,” said Nour. “When Hafez al-Assad died there were tanks on the street, and there are rumors this is happening again. Any uprising will not be dealt with gently.”

But on the ground, there is a feeling that the fear barrier is being broken. Activists who dared not speak their name have piped up. Others meet more openly with diplomats than they dared before. While many Syrians are nervous, others in Damascus’s smart cafes and streets discuss what the future holds more boldly. On Tuesday evening, one cafe turned on Orient TV, an independent Dubai-based channel, to watch coverage of the protests, before quickly switching back to Rotana TV music videos.

Further demonstrations — and bigger, more diverse ones — will be a key sign of the protests’ staying power. Thus far, Syria’s minorities have been hesitant: Christians have traditionally feared upheaval, while the Kurds have largely focused on their own dreams of independence. But on the Kurdish new year of Nowruz, which arrives on March 21, a number of Syria’s Kurdish parties have pledged to raise the national flag rather than the Kurdish standard.

A “you first” mentality has taken hold in Damascus. If nobody moves, Syria may remain quiet. But if a few brave souls are willing to risk the inevitable government crackdown, it will become clear just how deep the desire for change runs in Syria.

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/03/18/the_revolution_reaches_damascus

The writer is a journalist in Damascus, Syria. Foreign Policy has withheld the author’s name due to security concerns.

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March 19th, 2011, 6:15 am

 

46. Revlon said:

Dear Nour,
34.
Your question was:
“what exactly is your conception of freedom and how do you go about achieving it. Until now we have only heard muddled and confused chants which include, among other things, the elimination of mixed-sex schools and cursing the “Alawites”

My viewpoint:
40 years of oppression and economic hardship under this regime has convinced the rising public of its futility.

Those of us who believe otherwise, including you, are invited to demonstrate and showcase on behalf of the state. I am for freedom, for all of us.

Each of us humans is created, Gifted, and set free by God.
To respect other people’s minds, is to respect the mighty creator.
We have diverse minds, abilities, upbringings, and beliefs.

Chanting for having non-mixed education by some demonstrators, needs neither be degraded nor censored. It is part and parcel of the emerging, long awaited freedom of expression.

You and I are not obliged to look or think alike or follow each other.
But to share our God-given goodness, we need to respect us for who we are.
Cheers!

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March 19th, 2011, 6:34 am

 

47. Steve said:

Thanks for reacting to the events so quickly Josh. Here’s another interesting analysis by Chris Phillips:

‘Syrian protestors killed in Deraa’

http://cjophillips.wordpress.com/2011/03/19/syrian-protestors-killed-in-deraa/

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March 19th, 2011, 6:59 am

 

48. Revlon said:

#1 GK,
#2 JD,
Thank you for the posting,
It looks like we have three independent statements, from three different sources.
My hunch is that all of them are true.
Cheers!

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March 19th, 2011, 7:02 am

 

49. jad said:

http://syria-news.com/readnews.php?sy_seq=130300

تعتزم السلطات السورية فتح تحقيق لمعاقبة المسؤولين قبل المحرضين الذين تم توجيههم من جهات خارجية عن قتل ضحايا خلال تجمع شهدته مدينة درعا يوم الجمعة.

وقالت قناة الإخبارية السورية يوم السبت إن “السلطات السورية ستقوم بتحقيق شفاف لمعاقبة المسؤولين عن قتل الضحايا، والتخريب الذي حصل في درعا مهما علت رتبهم ومناصبهم قبل المحرضين الذين تم توجيههم من جهات خارجية”.
ويأتي ذلك عقب سقوط ضحايا خلال تجمع عدد من المواطنين في مدينة درعا البلد بالقرب من الجامع العمري بعد ظهر اليوم الجمعة حيث استغل بعض المندسين هذا الموقف وعمدوا إلى إحداث الفوضى والشغب ملحقين أضراراً بالممتلكات العامة والخاصة, وذلك بحسب وكالة الأنباء السورية الرسمية (سانا).
كما شهدت مدينة درعا تحطيم وحرق عدد من السيارات والمحلات العامة ما استدعى تدخل عناصر حفظ الأمن حرصا على سلامة المواطنين والممتلكات فاعتدى عليهم مثيرو الشغب ثم تفرقوا.
وشهدت مدينة بانياس في محافظة طرطوس يوم الجمعة تجمعا للعشرات رافعين شعارات بضرورة إلغاء التعليم المختلط وإعادة المنقبات إلى المدارس بعد فصلهم، وفتح ثانوية شرعية في بانياس.
وكانت دمشق قد شهدت الاسبوع الماضي تجمع محدود لمواطنين يوم الثلاثاء في سوق الحميدية ، فيما تجمع العشرات أمام مبنى وزارة الداخلية بساحة المرجة في دمشق يوم الأربعاء مطالبين بالإفراج عن سجناء قال المجتمعون بانهم “معتقلي رأي”.
سيريانيوز

One more thing about London protest picture shown, why using ‘Kurdistan’ flag in a national protest??

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March 19th, 2011, 10:31 am

 

50. Revlon said:

2# and #49JAD
#3 NK

My hunch was right. Daraa tribes 24 hr ultimatum/s is/are real and working.
The regime has fully understood the seriousness of their threat

The regime statement has, in part, responded to their first demand, which is the disclosure of the names of the murderers.
It did not deal with the other two: The immediate withdrawal of forces from the perimeter of the city and the release of all Syrian prisoners.

The revolution has won the battle of nerves.
The regime is plunging in quick sands. Moving back or going forward is bound to drive them under.

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March 19th, 2011, 11:20 am

 

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