Syrian Revolution News Round-up ملخص أحداث الثورة السورية Day 65: Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Sanctions & Mistakes
The U.S. imposes sanctions on Assad and provides him with an ultimatum: lead transition or leave.
8 more dead in Tal Kalakh amidst continued shelling. More nightly demonstrations took place in Aleppo, Homs, Hama and Damascus. The student protests in Aleppo over the last three days left 350 casualties and led to the arrest of more than 1,000 students, according to eyewitness reports.
The towns of Inkhel and Jassem in the Deraa Governorate are still under military siege, and mass arrests continue throughout the country.
Almost every major community across Syria, other than Aleppo and Damascus, observed the calls for the general strike issued by opposition forces yesterday.
In statements published by the Syrian daily Al-Watan, Assad is quoted as acknowledging the occurrence of some “mistakes” in the way his security officers dealt with the protests. He blamed this on their unpreparedness to handle situations like these.
Earlier in the day, Switzerland issued sanctions against 13 Syrian officials, including Maher Assad, Assef Shawkat and Rami Makhlouf. Shortly after, the US issued sanctions against Bashar Assad himself, his VP, the PM and 5 other Syrian officials.
If 1,000 dead protesters, 10,000 detainees and systematic torture can all be dismissed as “mistakes”, perhaps it is Bashar that should be dismissed as the biggest mistake of all, perhaps thinking him a reformer and engaging him was a mistake, perhaps the time has come for this mistake to be “corrected.” World leaders should call on Assad to step down!
While sanctions issued by the U.S. on Bashar Assad and his top officials might be largely symbolic, considering that none of them is likely to have major assets under U.S. jurisdiction, the symbolism is nonetheless quite important. For the sanctions do undermine the legitimacy of Bashar Assad leaving one avenue for future escalation: calling for his departure.
Assad has now been effectively presented with a “reform or leave” ultimatum, one that is likely to be endorsed by the EU when it imposes its own sanctions on Assad in the near future. Of course the EU sanctions will be more than symbolic, once they are implemented, because it is in Europe that the Assads keep most of their assets. Though tracking these assets may not be easy, and the sanctions may not have an immediate impact on the ability of the Assads and their determination to forge ahead with the violent crackdown against the protest movement, the delegitimization of the Assads will come as a shot in the arm for the country’s protesters who have been calling on the international community to support them.
|DaraaAl-Mosayfera Funeral of heros Nader & Mohamed Al-Zoghby v2
Maaraba demo yesterday
Dael Doctos sit-in yesterday
City centre on strike
At Nouri mosque strike
Ceiled market strike
Al-Naaoura marker all closed-up
Al-Hameedeya market on strike
Al-Kosoor district on strike
Al-Ghouta street on strike
Ceiled market demo
Al-Bayada & Khaledeya night demo
Talbeesa night demo
Bab Al-Sebaa district night demo
Al-Rasten night demo
Al-Rasten chanting “Oh men of the capital, we want a decisive Friday” yesterday
Al-Hawla & Teldo night demo yesterday
Al-Kaboon night demo
Rokn Al-Deen demo for freedom yesterday
Al-Moadameya women sit-in
Al-Zabadany messages to Bashar on closed shops
Al-Madeena district, of Christian majority, demo
Al-Sergawy mosque demo yesterday
Kafrnabl people express their joy at city entrances
Kafrooma children chant for freedom
Al-Tayana & Kooreyya heroes kick out thugs and security elements
Salah Al-Deen demo
Seif Al-Dawla night demo
University dormitory night demo yesterday
Crimes of The Syrian Regime
Talkalakh heavy artillery shelling
Tartous Tanks head to Baniyas
Aleppo Arrests in university dormitory yesterday
Crimes of The Syrian Regime: Daraa
Direct shooting at medical aids
Fallen hero Nader Al-Zoghby
Destruction of Aby Bakr mosque and children witness stories
Witness stories of the children of Daraa
Tartars passed from here
Father of fallen hero tortured for aiding son
Izrie Child Fady shot at the back on 22 April
Top secret Facts of the Syrian revolution
Daraa A child lectures Bashar
A surrounded thug/Shabbih recites a poem
Kid Salfai infiltrators threaten the security of Syria
Selection of TV Coverage
Al-Jazeera Syria’s news
Al-Jazeera Interview with reporter held in Syria
Al-Mostakbal A report about Syria’s strike
BBC Touching recounts for the people who fled Talkalakh to Al-Dababeyya
Selection of Press Coverage
BBC: US sanctions target Pre. Bashar Assad
Al-Shark Al-Awsat: Washington: Circle tightening around Damascus.. Opposition calls for a general strike
BBC: Reports of targeting the displaced, Assad admits “mistakes”
Al-Quds Al-Araby: Residents say bodies on the streets of Talkalakh
Al-Arabiya: Syria’s Kurds join their Facebook pages and call for Friday of Freedom