Syrian Revolution News Round-up ملخص أحداث الثورة السورية Day 34: Independence day
By: Ausama Monajed
Meanwhile the not-so-silent majority in many cities and towns across the country celebrated Syria’s Day of Independence by protesting and calling for toppling the regime.
There were demonstrations in different parts of the city as well as in surrounding towns, including Rastan and Talbiseh. Earlier reports of bombardment using tanks and artillery could not be confirmed, but tanks and artillery were indeed used to lay siege to both towns. Still, gunfire left dozens of casualties, and 4 were confirmed dead so far, although the final too is expected to rise once dust settles down, especially considering that hospitals are often prevented from providing adequate treatment to the wounded and that security officers have been seen brutalizing the wounded even as they lay in hospital beds. Three fatalities were also reported in Bab Al-Sibaa, especially near the local hospital where protesters tried to prevent security forces from entering and arresting the wounded and from snatching the bodies of the dead, as became customary for them to do since the beginning of the Revolution in an attempt to minimize number of funerals. Meanwhile, eyewitness
Security crackdowns were reported in both the Sleibeh and Tabiat neighborhoods. No exact words yet on fatalities and casualties, but early reports from a number of eyewitnesses in the city mention that dozens have fallen. It’s very difficult to get confirmation at this stage. If these figures and those reported from Homs and Mouaddamiyyah below are confirmed, this could be the bloodiest day of the revolution.
Major protests demanding regime fall were also met with heavy security crackdown, including tear gas and life ammunition. At one point, reports claimed that women threw boiling water and gas tanks at the security officers s they stormed the narrow streets of the neighborhood. Five fatalities are reported.
A small protest of 300 participants was brutally dispersed by local authorities, and though no major casualties were reported, the incident generated much anger among Syria’s Druze community whose capital is Suweida. Hani Al-Atrash, the grandson of Suleiman Pasha Al-Atrash, the Grandfather of the Syrian Revolution that paved the way to independence was among the brutalized. As such, what started as small protests could quickly snowball into a major development that could engulf the entire governorate following the example of neighboring Deraa.
Note to Pundit:
Please stop wondering who Assad is. The truth is plain for all to see. Assad is what Assad does, not what Assad says or how he carries himself in public. What Assad has been doing since Year One in office, long before 9/11, the invasion of Iraq, the Freedom Agenda, the assassination of Hariri, and the pullout from Lebanon with the international pressures and UN Resolutions that followed, is to crackdown and stand by the most corrupt members of his family and entourage. The fact that he is doing all this while being personable and goofy, and while sporting a trophy wife, whose own family is equally immersed in corruption at this stage, should not blind us to these other equally visible facts. I wish that western analysts and policymakers bear this in mind when they consider the Syrian situation. Bad Guys in the Middle Eastdon’t all look like Saddam or speak like Gaddafi: they just behave like them. So watch what really counts here: behavior on the ground.
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