syria giving it a go

Grumblegrunt

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#1
on AJ now protests in half a dozen cities
 
#2
Here's a link.

Violence erupts at protests in Syria - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Witnesses reported that at least three people had been killed by security forces in the southern city of Deraa on Friday, where anti-government demonstrators had gathered after midday prayers.
The three were reportedly among several thousand people in the city who chanted "God, Syria, Freedom" while accusing president Bashar al-Assad's family of corruption.
Witnesses said security forces were reinforced with troops who landed in the city's football stadium in helicopters.
"The confrontations are ongoing. They are heavy," a witness told the Reuters news agency.
Hundreds of protesters were reported to have been injured
It seems to me, that an underlying criticism of the Middle Eastern countries by the majority of the proteters, is the corruption of 'the ruling elite'
I can't see the x factor, dancing on ice etc etc, having a mind numbing effect on the majority of the populace, as it seems to do in the West.
 
#3
May not end well…

"…The Hama massacre (Arabic: مجزرة حماة‎) occurred in February 1982, when the Syrian army bombarded the town of Hama in order to quell a revolt by the Muslim Brotherhood. An estimated 17,000 to 40,000 people were killed, including about 1,000 soldiers,[1] and large parts of the old city were destroyed. The attack has been described as possibly being "the single deadliest act by any Arab government against its own people in the modern Middle East".[2]…"

Hama massacre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 

Grumblegrunt

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#4

FORMER_FYRDMAN

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#5
I'd put the Syrians second only to the Iranians in their capacity for Middle Eastern nastiness. Those demonstrators are better men than me by several leagues.
 

Grumblegrunt

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#6
AJ had another reference to it today but as usual like bahrain and yemen its risking being drowned out by libya and press frenzy.

shame I cant understand the arabic version
 

Grumblegrunt

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Grumblegrunt

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#9
its certainly gathering momentum considering the press blackouts and 50 year state of emergency - nowt like paranoia.
 
#10
Went around Syria a couple of years ago; they are the very best of people, their capacity for kindness to strangers has to be experienced to be believed (they're about ten times as civilised as the Lebanese). Another Hama would be dreadful, but I'd like to see the Assads get the Mussolini treatment they deserve.
 
#11
At last a bit of the Arab Spring Qom will not be delighted by.

However they don't call mass casualty atrocities Syrian Solutions for no reason. R2P and No Fly Zone anyone?
 
#12
On Syria Comment Syria Dividing: Most Large Cities Calm. The Troubles in Latakia Lead to Army being Deployed by Joshua Landis
Syria is dividing into sides – those that will fight the state and those that support the president or fear revolution. The silent majority is still sitting on the side lines, but they will not be able to do so for long if order collapses. The army is sticking by the President, a main difference with Egypt or Tunisia. So long as the army remains united and obeys the President, it will be hard for the opposition to take over parts of the country or bring down the regime.
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