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Syrian Revolution News Round-up ملخص أحداث الثورة السورية Day 34: Independence day

Syrian Emergency Task Force

By: Ausama Monajed

Syrian Revolution News Round-up

Day 34 – Independence Day: Sun, 17 April 2011

ملخص أحداث الثورة

اليوم ٣٤ – يوم الجلاء: الأحد، ١٧ نيسان/أبريل ٢٠١

Independence Day!
Assad marked Independence Day with renewed bloodshed as protesters demand his ouster.Perhaps it’s no coincidence that Assad security forces behave like invaders from outer space, the brainwashing that they have been subjected to over the years is enormous, and, as we have seen in the case of Gaddafi, regimes are always willing to provide lucrative incentives as reward for loyalty in times of crisis.Be that as it may, today marks a true turning point in Syria’s revolution: it’s now an open showdown between people that want to be free and will no longer compromise on freedom, seeing that previous experiences taught them that such compromises, no matter how reasonable they might appear at the time, always lead back to slavery and serfdom, and a gang of thugs willing and desperate to hold on to power at any cost. The so-called silent majority as well as the international community will have to choose their side soon.

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.

From Social Networking WebsitesDamascus and Damascus suburbsVideo of the disperse of the sit-in ofMouaddamiya

Video of the free bare-chested youth ofMouaddamiya facing security forces

Video of Mouaddamiya demos

Video of Al-dameer (Damascus suburbs) demo

Video of Duma’s demo

Video of the marks of exploded bullets on thechaste body of the martyr Muwafa Dakhl-Allah


Video of torture marks on the chaste body of themartyr conscript Mohamed Kuman from Al-Herak

Video of the funeral of the conscript MohamedKuman

Video of a statement by a relative of the fallenhero Mohamed Kuman

Video of the youth of Al-Sanamein and Inkhilputting on their grouds yearning for martyrdom

Video of a poem recited by a girl from Horandedicated to the fallen heros

Video of Daraa demos today


Video 1 , v 2 of the falle heros of brave Homs

Video 1, v 2v 3 of demo in Albaida rising up toaid Bab Al-Sebaa

Video 1, v 2 , v 3v 4v 5v 6v 7 of the demosof Bab Al-Sebaa before the massacre

Video 1, v 2 of ambulances parked during themassacre of Bab Al-Sebaa

Video of the start of the massacre in Talbeesaand heavy shooting at unarmed demonstrators

Video , v 2 of the rise of the people of Bab Al-Dreib and Al-Seteen street to aid Bab Al-Sebaa

Video of the demo of Bab Amr

Video 1, v 2 of the funeral of the hero OmarOwaygan before the massacre in Talbeesa

Video 1, v 2، v 3 of the marks of heavy shootingnear Al-meregia mosque in Homs

Video 1, v 2 of the martyr hero Khaled Abu Al-Saud who was lost in the massacre of Bab Al-Sebaa

Video 1, v 2 of the army surrounding Bab Al-Sebaa and inexpressibly-heavy shooting

Video of aiding a wounded demonstrator thenight of the Evacuation massacre in Talbeesa

Video of an eye-witness to the brutality of theregime at Al-Bar hospital in Homs

Video of the blood of martyrs killed by thesecurity forces in front of Al-Bar hospital

Video of the heroes running to offer their bloodfor donation after the blood bank refused to giveout blood

Video of the martyr of Al-Wazeery family in thedemo of Bab Al-Sebaa in Homs

Video of the wounded in Al-Bayada

Video summarizing the events of the massacreof Talbeesa on Sunday


Video of the security forces running from thebrave people of Hama today


Video 1, v 2، v 3 , v 4v 5 from the fallen herosof Lattakia today

Video 1 , v 2 shows security forces randomlyfiring at civilians in Lattakia

Video of the response of the security forces tothe peacefulness of the demos

Video showing the snipers centered on the roofsof buildings in Lattakia Sunday afternoon

Video showing the continuation of shooting untila late hour at night in Lattakia today


Video of the demo of Banias

Video 1 , v 2 of witnesses from the people ofBayda about the aggressions on citivins and themosque


Video 1 , v 2v 3v 4v 5v 6v 7 of nightdemons in Jableh of Qassam in support of other Syrian cities


Video of the demo of Kafr Nabl today


Video 1 , v 2v 3v 4 of demo in Aleppo on theSunday of Evacuation beside Hanano graveyard

From Around the World 

Video of a demo in support of the Syrian revolution in Sydney, Australia 17th April

Video 1, v 2 , v 3v 4 of a demo in support ofthe Arab revolutions and the Syrian revolution inFrankfurt Saturday 16th April

Some press and TV coverage

Video of the blatant lies of the Syrian media andFrance24’s comment

Video of an eye-witness’ recount from Talbeesaon Aljazeera

Video of the comment of the activist Ali Al-Ahmad on Bashar Al-Assad’s second speech

Video of Al-Dunya channel’s interview with amember of Daraa’s construction contractorssyndicate singing the praises of the regime

Video of Al-Dunya channel’s report about seizinga weaponry shipment coming from Iraq. Analmost-unconcealed lie.

Video from Dunya channel about the sit-in infront of Aljazeera’s office showing the hiredchanters bands

Video of Aljazeera’s report on the events of the Sunday of Evacuation

Video of Aljazeera’s report on the demos andthe demands of the demonstrators to topple theregime

Video of BBC’s report on the demos today

Video for a very strong message to Bashar inOreint channel’s comment on his second speech

Revolution Promos 

Video of the Independence Day promo

Video of a testimony from a hero of Banias thatthe Syrian TV did not air

Video of the song ‘We wrote in dear blood’dedicated to the martyrs of the Syrian revolution

Video of the song ‘My eye wept for the sons ofDaraa’

Video of the poem ‘Strike’ with scenes from theSyrian Revolution

Video from one of the revolution youth about thedemos for freedom in Syria


Video of the marks of torture on one of thefreedom demonstrators and his testimony towhat happened

من مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي

دمشق وريف دمشق

فيديو فك اعتصام أهالي المعضمية يوم أحد الجلاء

فيديو الشباب الحر في معضمية الشام عراة الصدر لمواجهة الأمن

فيديو جانب من مظاهرات المعضمية في أحد الجلاء

فيديو مظاهرات الضمير من ريف دمشق بيوم الجلاء

فيديو مظاهرات يوم أحد الجلاء في دوما

فيديو آثار الرصاص المتفجر على جسد الشهيد البطل موفق دخل الله


فيديو أثار التعذيب على جسد الشهيد المجند محم قومان من الحراك

فيديو زفاف الشهيد المجند محمد رضوان قومان

فيديو تصريح لأحد أقرباء الشهيد محمد رضوان قومان

فيديو شباب الصمنمين وإنخل في أكفان الشهداء توقا للشهادة، فيديو٢

فيديو قصيدة تلقيها طفلة حورانية إهداء للشهداء

فيديو جانب من مظاهرات درعا في أحد الجلاء


فيديو الشهداء الأبرار من حمص العدية يوم أحد الجلاء،فيديو٢

فيديو أهالي البياضة في حمص يهبون لنجدة باب السباع يوم أحد الجلاء، فيديو٢، فيديو٣

فيديو تجمعات ومظاهرات أهالي باب السباع الأبطال قبل المجزرة، فيديو٢، فيديو٣، فيديو٤، فيديو٥، فيديو٦، فيديو٧

فيديو سيارات الإسعاف تخلد إلى الراحة اثناء مجزرة باب الاسباع، فيديو٢

فيديو بداية المجزرة في تلبيسة و إطلاق نار كثيف على المتظاهرين العزل

فيديو فزعة اهالي باب الدريب و شارع الستين لنصرة باب السباع، فيديو٢

فيديو جانب من مظاهرات باب عمرو في يوم الجلاء

فيديو زفاف الشهيد البطل عمر عويجان قبل المجزرة في تلبيسة، فيديو٢

فيديو آثار إطلاق نار كثيف قرب جامع المريجة في حمص يوم أحد الجلاء، فيديو٢، فيديو٣

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