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With the Assad regime amassing its armor outside of Aleppo and its war planes attacking from overhead the battle between that well oiled military machine and the reg-tag Free Syrian Army has come to the fore. Nobody much is paying attention to the Syrian people except as victims of these much larger forces.

However amazing as it may seem, in spite of the "Shock 'n Awe' assault by the government on rebellious communities, the mass protests that started this people's revolution in Syria still continue. Also note the wide support for the Free Syria Army. Those that attempt to drive a wedge between the FSA and the people are wrong. The courage of these people is incredible. The Olympic athletes can't hold a candle to them.

The Local Coordinating Committees reported that there were 795 mass protests across Syria on Friday in spite of unprecedented levels of regime violence directed at the opposition all across the country. A statement posted on the LCC website today reads:

Demonstrat​ions out of Death‎ 27-7-2012
Posted by abeer on July 28th, 2012

A sense of joy in most of Syrian cities overshadowed the death Syrians are living daily, where they were able to go out in demonstrations, which they pledged to continue until the regime is toppled, due to withdrawal of some demilitarization. They went out in 795 demonstrations to renew the evolution’s oath, confirm their demands, and color Syria’s streets with chants of freedom. Residents of Idlib were determined to continue what our revolution’s martyrs has started so they went out in 150 demonstrations; despite the massacres that were committed in the governorate. Despite the
fierce military attack on Aleppo and the massacres committed in its neighborhoods demonstrators were determined to go out in 125 demonstrations challenging regime’s oppression and violence, followed by Hama with 142 demonstrations despite the heavy military deployment
and suffocating security siege in the area.

As for Damascus Suburbs, which witnessed several massacres and daily shelling in most cities, demonstrators went out in 75 demonstrations, where they demanding the release of detainees and chanted for the capital Damascus. 60 demonstrations took place in Deir Ezzor, despite
shelling and violence witnessed in the governorate over the past week. As for the capital Damascus, which witnessed unprecedented military escalation since the beginning of the revolution and heavy deployment of regime’s army tanks, demonstrators were determined to go out in 58 different demonstrations. 55 demonstrations were documented in Daraa, which is still under shelling by regime’s army warplanes, and demonstrators chanted for the martyrs and revolution’s detainees.
Hassakeh witnessed 50 demonstrations, where demonstrators chanted for unity, followed by Homs and Lattakia with 25 demonstrations each, then Raqqa, which now includes thousands of displaced people, demonstrators went out in 20 demonstrations and confirmed that the revolution will continue until the regime and all its symbols are toppled, then Tartous, which suffered from a suffocating siege, witnessed 7 demonstrations, and finally comes Qunaitra with 3 demonstrations


     English language protest in Damascus Qanawat - this was done to talk to us | 26 July 2012

                          Protest in Homs | 27 July 2012

              Hama | Hamidiya | Lion House Mendoshm | 27 July 2012

Aleppo - Al Sha'ar - Free Syria Army Attends Liberation Prayer Rally | 27 July 2012

                      Protest in Hama Kffersita | 27 July 2012

Commander of the Ammar bin Yasir of the Martyrs Brigades address a demonstration. 27 July 2012

Aleppo - Sha'ar Rallies for Free Syria Army Victory over Invading Assad Hordes 7-26-12 Sha'ar

                                         Hamdania } 26 July 2012

Aellatamnahamah 28 72 012 victory for the cities of Aleppo and the army Almncubhothia free

Here are my related diaries on Syria:
ALEPPO: Step outside the Matrix and witness the Horror
UPDATED: US fears massacre in #Aleppo, #Syria
BREAKING: Reports of clashes between Jordan Army & Assad's Syrian army
BRAKING: Obama stops Putin from re-arming Assad in Syria
Syria: Foreign meddling increases as crisis builds
BREAKING: Aleppo, Syria bombed with fighter jets
BREAKING: Syria issues a correction, it has no WMD to use
BREAKING: Arab League asks Assad to step down!
Bashar al-Assad: New images released as slaughter continues in Syria
no blood for oil
BREAKING: Activists report toxic gas attack in Deir ez-Zor, Syria
Glenn Greenwald sees Islamist Terrorism as main issue in Syria
Will Syria's Assad make a chemical attack in Damascus on Saturday?
BREAKING: I know where Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is!
BREAKING: Massive Fire near #Assad's Presidential Palace in #Damascus, #Syria
BREAKING: Is Syria's Bashar al-Assad dead or dying?
BREAKING: Damascus explosion kills Defense Minister, other key figures
The battle for Damascus is coming
BREAKING: General Strike in Damascus
BREAKING: Intense fighting reported in Damascus now!
BREAKING: Syrian defector spills beans as important new defection reported.
Does Syria's Assad have something on Kofi Annan?
Tremseh Massacre in Syria: What we know
BREAKING: ~227 reported massacred by Assad's forces in Tremseh, Syria today!
Syria: Is Assad regime on the verge of collapse?
BREAKING: Russian Warships reported in Syria
BREAKING: #Russia changing on #Assad but not as fast as conditions in #Syria
UN Observers say violence in Syria is ‘Unprecedented’
BREAKING: Defection of major Assad insider reported in Syria
BREAKING: WikiLeaks releases 2.4 million #Syria emails
When did "Never Again" become "Whenever?" | #Douma
BREAKING: Incredible mass rally in Aleppo, Syria today!
BREAKING: HRW releases torture report on Syria
BREAKING: Syrian General defects with 293 to Turkey
BREAKING: Items not in the MSM on Syria
My response to Phyllis Bennis: Where is the non-violent opposition in Syria?
BREAKING: Syrian Air Force attacks Douma, 10m from Damascus, thousands flee
BREAKING: As Syria Burns, UN Blows More Smoke
BREAKING: Kofi Annan to propose Syrian unity gov't sans Assad!
BREAKING: Douma, Syria under massive attack, another massacre feared
BREAKING: Another mass defection from Syrian army
BREAKING: #NATO says No War in #Syria shoot down of #Turkey jet
NATO meetup tomorrow as more defect from Syria
BREAKING: Turkey calls for NATO consult on downing of jet by Syria
BREAKING: Senior Syrian Officers Defect
UPDATED: Russia reported to be preparing to evacuate from Syria
BREAKING: Syria fighter pilot defects
BREAKING: Britain stops Russian ship carrying attack helicopters for Syria
BREAKING: Russian troops headed to Syria
Qaddafi forces Strike Back in Libya
BREAKING: UN suspends mission in Syria
Libya & Syria - two videos - no comment
BREAKING: Russia denies supplying Syria with NEW attack helicopters
Syrian people rise up against the massacre
Another "Houla style" massacre in Syria
Fake Houla Massacre Photo: Was the BBC set up?
Idlib, Syria protest today on anniversary of Kent State killings
BREAKING: Massive protests in Syria following Friday pray
Syria is bleeding
Syria: Ceasefire faltering as mass protests breakout

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    Davidsfr, mookins, killjoy

    Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

    by Clay Claiborne on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 05:57:47 AM PDT

  •  Killing The Goose (0+ / 0-)

    Killing Syria’s wealthy and taking away all of their gold will buy the millions of freedom fighters a few bags of groceries.  The frightened wealthy are willing to negotiate and depart with only some of their goodies but the freedom fighters want it all. Soon the expensive war will make the wealthy poor, they will then join the freedom fighters, but no groceries will be available and every Syrian will have become a loser.

  •  While in Saudi Arabia ... (4+ / 0-)

    Saudi security forces are 'dealing with' (read arresting, shooting and killing) protesters.

    Saudi security forces have opened fire on Shia protesters in the Qatif district of Eastern Province, wounding several of them as hundreds marched to demand the release of detainees, witnesses said.

    Live rounds fired by anti-riot police injured a number of protesters who took to the streets in the early hours on Friday, the witnesses said, without specifying a figure.

    The interior ministry said security forces dealt with "rioters who burned tyres" in parts of Qatif, arresting several people, including Mohammed al-Shakhuri, whose name was on a list of 23 wanted people.

    ...

    In recent days, confrontations have intensified between police and protesters from the kingdom's Shia minority, estimated at about two million and mostly concentrated in the oil-rich Eastern Province.

    Two Shia protesters were killed earlier this month, triggering attacks on government buildings in Qatif. The district witnessed a spate of protests after an outbreak of violence between Shia pilgrims and religious police in the Muslim holy city of Medina in February last year.

    But that doesn't matter for some, because the Saudi royal family is one of 'our' favorite dictators, despots and kings, and the Shia are, after all, on 'our' bad list.

    Maybe if there were tweets or twitters or youtubes someone would care.

    Lamb chop, we can quibble what to call it, but I think we can both agree it's creepy.

    by InAntalya on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 07:52:54 AM PDT

    •  People are being massacred in Syria today (0+ / 0-)

      why do you want to redirect our attention to Saudi Arabia?

      How is that a comment on this diary?

      Hundreds of people were murdered by their government in Syria yesterday, hundreds more will be murdered there today. How many will be murdered by the Kingdom today?

      How this not SPAMMING my diary to talk about what you want to talk about.

      Why don't you go and write a diary about repression in S.A.

      Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

      by Clay Claiborne on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 08:33:23 AM PDT

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      •  Your whole premise, (6+ / 0-)

        which you have stated multiple times, is that the Syrian government has to be overthrown because the current situation grew out of the Syrian government's repression of protests in spring 2011.

        Are you going to apply that same conclusion to SA?

        This post is about protests against a regime in the Middle East, as is my comment. That is not spamming.

        I think you need to learn a little more about how Daily Kos works, especially the part about your not being in the position to decide what is or isn't relevant to your post.

        And my next posts will be about background information about Syria, a subject about which I know a great deal.

        Lamb chop, we can quibble what to call it, but I think we can both agree it's creepy.

        by InAntalya on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 08:55:05 AM PDT

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        •  I am quite angry with you. (0+ / 0-)

          You could have taken that Al Jazeera bulletin and made a nice Daily Kos diary out of it that would have highlighted the repression that goes on in Saudi Arabia. You could have put the headline "Saudi protester injured by the King's gunmen" or something similar on the frontpage of DKos. You didn't think to do that?  If you really were about exposing the Kingdom, you would have used it that way instead of burying it in a comment in my diary, but you didn't. Why?

          Because that is not your mission!

          Defending the murderous Assad regime is. Better to squirrel away that Saudi story from AJ this morning and use it in an attempt to redirect discussion in my diary. That's what you thought!

          On a day when so many are dying at the hands of the Assad regime, I find that absolutely disgusting.

          Maybe you need another [RED PILL] Hear the screams of a child that had his leg blown off by one of Assad's shells in Aleppo. Look upon his face because I doubt that child will live to see Sunday, and then explain to me again why we should be discussing Saudi repression today.

          Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

          by Clay Claiborne on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 10:25:49 AM PDT

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          •  You are completely out of line. (5+ / 0-)

            I don't care if you are angry or disgusted, and you don't know what I think.

            But your personal attacks on those who don't toe your line is a serious violation of Daily Kos rules and reeks of dictatorial behavior.

            Your behavior towards those who don't do what you want or don't completely agree with you seems to be similar to what you accuse Assad of doing.

            From your comment it seems that the number of dead in Saudi Arabia hasn't reached a level high enough for you to care about, or is it just that they don't matter to you because they are Shia?

            I know a lot more about Syria than you do. I have been to the border many times. I have seen the people who have come to Turkey from Syria and live in camps. I have talked to these people. I have seen them come into Turkey and return to Syria. I have direct contact with people in Syria.

            And you? You have twitter and youtube.

            I don't chase sensation. I try to objectively inform.

            Lamb chop, we can quibble what to call it, but I think we can both agree it's creepy.

            by InAntalya on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 11:12:05 AM PDT

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            •  Ditto. Try this Veterans Today article w/links. (1+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
              protectspice
              More Questions Than Very Wrong Answers

              By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor

              Given the chance, I would take everyone writing on Syria, especially those who play at “anti-imperialism” but invariably support police states with cash back to school.  

              The failure to “follow the bucks” to the DC lobby groups answering to Tel Aviv that so many “anti-Zionists” end up aligned with isn’t going unnoticed, especially not in the real Muslim world.

              We are going to have a few words on Syria, not to chastise but to stimulate some actual thought and even derail the lemming mentality some have taken on.

              These are the powerful realities some deny:
              http://www.veteranstoday.com/...

              Wonder what Siebel Edmonds thinks of all this - as she found treason within our own government "officials" regarding Turkey - but they muzzled her.  Freedom much?
      •  Clay - what do you get paid to write this anyway? (1+ / 0-)
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        protectspice

        Been wondering... there ARE "other" points of view.  None of us know the whole truth - do you?

    •  What does this have to do with a diary about (2+ / 0-)
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      flavor411, Clay Claiborne

      demonstrations in Syria?

      I was unaware of this Shia unrest in Saudi Arabia, but it seems to be a separate topic. Perhaps you should write a diary on the situation there.

      Here's my take on it - the revolution will not be blogged, it has to be slogged. - Deoliver47

      by OIL GUY on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 08:38:15 AM PDT

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    •  I think that we need to see (3+ / 0-)

      the situation in Syria in a regional context because almost everyone in the region is implicated.

      Saudi Arabia is repressing its own (Shiite) people in the east of the country, it's occupying Bahrain to prevent the (Shiite) majority from overthrowing the ruler, it's been in Yemen for years to suppress (Shiite) protests and it's supporting the rebels in Syria against the (Alawite - offshoot of Shiism) regime. Does anyone see a common denominator? The reason why Saudi Arabia is doing this is to create Sunni dominance with itself at the top of the heap since it fears Iranian/Shiite power. It's really about a sectarian struggle with a geopolitical dimension.

      The poor Syrians and their will has been lost in this and the diarist has contributed to this by focusing solely on the FSA/SNC portion of the opposition and denying the role of the National Coodinating Body which is inside Syria and is opposed to violence, sectarianism and intervention. The focus needs to be broadened for greater understanding. We know that both sides are committing atrocities - they are even being reported in the western press. There are also reports about the types of radical groups that compose parts of the FSA and I must admit that the Friday speeches in some places have me really scared with their religious extremism. These are not people I am comfortable supporting. Yet when I choose to support people like the NCB, this diarist accuses me of supporting Assad. That type of narrow-mindedness and fanaticism is precisely part of the problem.

    •  No, it's not that they're "ours" (0+ / 0-)

      It's that the Sunni supermajority in S.A. is standing by the monarchy so long as the current regime in Iran is the principal threat to their safety.  

      The Assad regime is falling now.  The Saudi monarchy has five or ten years until things happen in Teheran and it loses enough support for it to fall.

      You seem so knowledgeable about a lot of Middle Eastern things, but some you really seem to think don't or don't need to obey a situational logic.  

      You're starting to play the game of the disruptors, which is to bring up all kinds of irrelevant objections and conspiracy theories.  I hope this isn't because you've become confused or stuck in some contradiction.  

      •  Would you care to back up your allegations (0+ / 0-)

        that I am being disruptive and bringing up conspiracy theories?

        If you don't (and you can't) this comment is simply a personal attack on me because I do not unquestioningly accept and repeat your and the diarist's views.

        Lamb chop, we can quibble what to call it, but I think we can both agree it's creepy.

        by InAntalya on Sun Jul 29, 2012 at 04:41:45 AM PDT

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