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Rats leaving the sinking ship

guardian.co.uk,             Wednesday 26 December

The head of Syria‘s military police has defected from the army and declared allegiance to the uprising against the president, Bashar al-Assad, according to a video and a Syrian security source.

The news came as government shelling in the northern province of Raqqa killed about 20 people, at least eight of them children, according to a video posted by activists on Wednesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published a video showing rows of the blood-stained bodies laid out on blankets. The sound of crying relatives could be heard in the background.

The shelling hit the province’s al-Qahtania village, but it was unclear when the attack happened.

The high-level defection, while not a strategically significant development in the 21-month-old conflict, will be a blow to morale for Assad’s forces, which are hitting back at a string of rebel advances….

fdull article at source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/26/syria-military-police-chief-defects


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This Henchman should face the Gallows as over 40,000 people have now lost their lives as this criminal stood by and allowed the murder of these people an international tribunal should be set up to investigate all acts of genocide carried out by the thugs in Damascus. Rats leaving the sinking ship spring to mind as I read this article! Still this could be yet another nail in the coffin of |Assad and his henchmen!

The World must stop this “Genocide” Bashar Assad must face justice!

Bullets and shrapnel shells smashed into homes in the Syrian capital of Damascus as troops battled rebels in the streets, a show of boldness for rebels taking their fight against President Bashar Assad to the center of his power.

For nearly 12 hours of fighting that lasted into the early hours Saturday, rebels armed mainly with assault rifles fought Syrian forces in the heaviest fighting in the Assad stronghold since the 15-month-old uprising began. UN observers said rebels fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the local power plant, damaging parts of it and reducing six buses to charred shells, according to video the observers took of the scene.

Syrian forces showed the regime’s willingness to unleash such firepower in the capital. At least three tank shells slammed into residential areas in the central Damascus neighborhood of Qaboun, an activist said. Intense exchanges of assault-rifle fire marked the clash, according to residents and amateur video posted online.

At least 52 civilians were killed around the country outside Damascus on Saturday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights,( a Britain-based activist group )Among them were 20, including nine women and children, who died in heavy, pre-dawn shelling in the southern city of Daraa, where the uprising against Assad began in March 2011. Six children were among 10 killed by a shell that exploded in a house they took cover in during fierce fighting in the coastal region of Latakia, the group said.

The group’s figures could not be independently confirmed.

In a Daraa mosque, a father stood over his son killed in the shelling, swaddled in a blanket in a hooded sweater, amateur video showed. “I will become a suicide bomber!” the father shouted in grief.

Another video showed tens of thousands of Daraa residents burying their slain victims later Saturday singing, dancing and parading the dead in coffins around a large square and giving the mass funeral the appearance of a mass party.

The Damascus violence was a dramatic shift; the capital has been relatively quiet compared with other Syrian cities throughout the uprising. Damascus and the northern city of Aleppo, the country’s largest, are under the firm grip of security forces

Full article at source: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10812134

Syrian army pursues deserters as western powers sharpen rhetoric


The Syrian army is continuing to hunt down deserters near the northern city of Idlib after troops on Tuesday killed close to 150 men who had fled their base. The toll marked the deadliest day of the nine-month uprising and has rekindled fears of an imminent civil war.

The news of the high numbers of dead and ongoing battles in the north came as an advance party of Arab League observers arrived in Damascus in a bid to implement an agreement signed by Syrian officials to stand down its troops and enter into talks.

As the observers touched down, western officials again ratcheted up their rhetoric against President Bashar al-Assad, demanding that he leave office immediately and warning that more measures will follow if the agreement is not implemented.

Washington on Wednesday night issued its most strident statement yet, prompting speculation that it may be considering new ways of trying to stop the bloodshed, which some regional observers say has already changed from an anti-government uprising to full-blown civil war

full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/21/syrian-army-pursues-idlib-deserters


No normal person who calls themselves civilized can stand by and watch this butchery take place.We now see people been openly murdered by the Assad regime and the UN are doing nothing!What kind of world are we living in  when the Syrian Government can just murder whomever they choose and in full view of the world .These gangsters and thugs must be stopped and if the UN will not step up then is  ordinary people that must be prepared to make a stand against this evil!

‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing’


As we in the west are about to celebrate Christmas the people of Syria are facing another Christmas at the hands of murderers .Children are been shot dead and people are been rounded up just because they aspire to have the same basic freedoms we take for granted . I have called our political leaders leaches, gangsters and traitors and I can expect to go about my daily life without fear of been murdered, but in Syria that is another thing. Please support the people of Syria in their heroic effort in obtaining their democratic freedom. The people of the world are watching you and support you in your struggle against the repressive regime in Damascus.

I call on the Government of Ireland to be the the first to openly send support to the free Syrian Army .

‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing’

Arab League out of touch with the oppressed people of Syria!

“Wake Up”  “Wake Up”
people are dying ,people are been murdered what are you going to do about it
write to you TD now !

To Eamon Gilmore TD                  11.09.2011

Leader of the
Labour Party, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade.

Dear Mr. Gilmore,

You are no doubt aware of the serious murderous situation in Syria where ordinary people are faced each and every day with the prospect of been murdered by their own
security forces who have now reached the debts of outright slaughter of any opposition
to the current regime .As a person who has spent a lifetime in and out of
opposition surely you must feel for the rightful aspirations of the people of Syria
to engage in free parliamentary activity and there right to democracy .I call
on you now to demonstrate to the world the absolute rejection of the brutal and
murderous activities for the current Government of  Syria .

Our own history is dotted with people who died in the struggle for our freedom, in their memory, and of our tradition of shearing and caring I call on you now to proclaim to
the world that we the people of Ireland do not support the current Syrian Government
and further more you must immediately call on the United Nation to take
whatever action is necessary to protect  the innocent people of Syria from these
Monsters and to demand that the current leadership of Syria will be brought to
the international court of justice on crimes of murder and human rights abuse.

You are in a position to make your voice heard and you can justly clam to be to voice of the
Irish people in the corridors of power where this murder of the innocence can be stopped.

Your inaction will directly cause lives to be lost so do the right thing and start shouting stop

But let the world hear you!

Is mise,

Thomas O Cleirigh/Wicklow Town

There is something very wrong with the leadership of the Arab League, How can they even consider the possibility of keeping the current murderous Assad and his henchmen in power? The Arab League is becoming irrelevant in the mass public movement now gathering pace in the Middle East. The ordinary peoples of this region are now becoming aware of their civil liberties and their Human rights and they do not need these rights to be dispensed to them by unelected rulers who have stolen the people’s freedom, their countries wealth and enforced laws that perpetuate their criminal activities .The Arab League is nothing more than a boys club for despot dictators from the Arab world who all
would be deposed if there were free elections in each of their countries.Assad and his murdering henchmen must be brought before the international court of justice on crimes of murder against his own people!

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Syrians bury victims amid rallies



CORRECTION Mideast Syria

Deadly days: In this mobile phone picture, Syrian anti-government protesters hold a bloodied national flag during a funeral procession for activists killed when security forces opened fired. Source: AP

AT least 11 mourners were shot dead as Syrians swarmed the streets to bury dozens of demonstrators.

Activists said that the death toll from nationwide protests could top 100, pending confirmation of a list of names, and that they expected fresh protests to form after the funerals.

Two independent lawmakers from the protest hub city of Daraa, Nasser al Hariri and Khalil al Rifai, told Al Jazeera television that they were quitting parliament in frustration at not being able to protect their constituents.

The deaths signalled no let-up from President Bashar al Assad, whose forces used live ammunition and tear gas against demonstrators across the country, witnesses and activists said.

The bloodshed erupted as tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets for Good Friday protests to test long-sought freedoms a day after Assad scrapped decades of emergency rule.

The Syrian Revolution 2011, a driving force behind the protests, marked the tone by posting on its main Facebook page a black banner with the word “Mourning” in English and Arabic.

That came as tens of thousands of mourners packed buses and headed for the southern town of Ezreh for the funerals of 18 people killed the previous day, a rights activist said by telephone.

Another activist later said “12 martyrs were buried in Ezreh” and that two men – Yasser Nseirat and Jamal Qanbar – who were part of the funeral cortege heading for the town, were shot dead by the security forces.

Other activists spoke of five mourners killed in Ezreh and outside a hospital in Daraa, with the toll expected to rise.

“More than 150 buses left from Daraa and neighbouring villages to attend the funerals of 18 martyrs killed Friday in Ezreh,” in Daraa province, an activist requesting anonymity said.

Daraa became an epicentre of the protests against the regime of Assad, who also scrapped the feared state security court and signed a decree to “regulate” peaceful protests in the autocratic country.

Snipers also pinned down mourners in the northern Damascus suburb of Douma, killing at least five people, a witness and a human rights activist there said.

They opened fire from rooftops as mourners marched from a local mosque to a cemetery, the sources said, adding that tens of thousands of people took part in the procession.

Activists also reported at least one person shot dead by security forces in the Barzeh district of Damascus.

A group called the Committee of Martyrs of 15 March Revolution issued a list of 82 names of people killed but said that the toll from the “massacre” could reach 100, as it tried to confirm more deaths.

Amnesty International, citing Syrian activists, said at least 75 people were killed when the “government launched its deadliest crackdown yet on demonstrators” seeking reform.

The toll compared with the March 23 killings in Daraa, when activists said 100 people died, according to Amnesty.

The largest number of people were killed in Ezreh and activists expected the funerals to be followed by a “huge rally against the regime.”

Officially, Syria blamed “armed gangs” for the latest bloodshed, and the state-run SANA news agency said the security forces intervened using only tear gas and water cannons to prevent clashes between protesters and passers-by.

Eight people were killed in Ezreh, and 20 others were wounded, “including security forces in an attack by criminal gangs,” SANA reported, adding that two policemen died in Damascus and the central city of Homs.

The violent crackdown drew an international outcry.

Russia, Italy and Greece joined the chorus of condemnation from Washington, Paris, London, Brussels and the UN headquarters in New York.

US President Barack Obama blasted Syria’s “outrageous” use of violence, accusing Assad’s regime of seeking Iran’s aid in the brutal crackdown on the pro-democracy movement that erupted in Damascus on March 15.

“Instead of listening to their own people, President Assad is blaming outsiders while seeking Iranian assistance in repressing Syria’s citizens through the same brutal tactics that have been used by his Iranian allies.”

But a senior official in Damascus, quoted by SANA, rejected the charges, saying that Obama’s condemnation was “not based on an objective vision of the reality on the ground.”

Iran also denied any involvement in putting down the protests.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Assad’s government must “respect international human rights” and called for an independent probe into the killings, as France urged Syria to launch a “political dialogue without delay.”

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/world/syrians-bury-victims-amid-rallies/story-fn6sb9br-1226043948533#ixzz1KMmgRR3S


Just like in Libya ,we see again the people of another country in the Mideast go out into the streets and stand and demand the rights we in the west take for granted. Ordinary people in the world will no longer allow the elite to just ignore them any longer! People demand their human rights and we in the west must and are oblige to help them any way we can .After years of oppression and no doubt with the help of obscure agencies in the US and other western countries The people of Syria are now wakening up and their thirst for basic freedoms must now be heard in every capital in Europe and the rest of the world .We cannot allow the brute force of the current political class beat them down any longer and if we are really in favour of democracy then we must support the people of Syria as we are supporting  the people of Egypt ,Libya, Tunisia this proud  nation deserves better

Shooting at people burying their dead is just monstrous and the murders must be brought to justice

The UN should be called in the Assad and his cronies should be brought to Den Hague for trial on crimes against humanity

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