Monday, April 25, 2011

Spiral of death and repression in Syria

Dance the coffins on the crowd. The fragile coffins resting on his shoulders, puffed by the upright arms of the locals, moving to the cemetery. Suddenly, agents of the security forces snipers on rooftops in the neighborhood of Ezeh, who opened fire on the crowd at the funeral. Ezeh was in at that Deraa village near the border with Jordan, where there were more deaths on Friday, twelve of the hundred civilians were killed in that bloody day because the bullets of police pickets.

The first assessment of yesterday was ten other people (other sources speak of up to thirteen) who perished in this funeral. A funeral, like those of Deraa, Homs and Duma, a suburb near Damascus, became mass demonstrations of anger and pain with cries of "living Syria Bashar al-Assad death!" These shouts against President Syrian Duma claimed in four other deaths.

Numbers are added and added and making it difficult to know the real total (according to Human Rights Watch, more than 200). One hundred fifty buses with passengers from the region of Deraa were arrested at the entrance to this town to attend other funerals forbid this day of national mourning.

Some medical equipment did not get access to hospitals to care for the wounded. And in the Damascus suburb of Duma peripheral, neighbors cordoned off the building of the medical establishment ever getting police officers intended to take the injured elsewhere. State television yesterday was merely informing that ten people were killed on Friday because of the confrontation "between protesters and bystanders who were opposed to the protests." According to their news, police were also injured in these demonstrations.

The official version of these events reduced to a Salafist-inspired armed insurrection, fomented from abroad, to undermine the republic. Deraa is very near the border with Jordan, and Homs, another population in which the opposition movement is also very strong, a border of Lebanon. Yesterday in a northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, was approved a controversial rally in support of the Syrians would answer, called by a Sunni militant faction, Hezb the Tahriri, whose political program is the establishment of an Islamic caliphate.

Damascus leaders have accused a deputy of the Lebanese caolición Saad Hariri facilitate the arms and money to the intifada of the Syrians, on the other side of the border. In an unusual and very significant gesture in Damascus, two members of Parliament, the Rifai and Nasser Khalil Hariri resigned as MPs.

These two representatives of the inhabitants of Deraa, a poor province and marginalized. Both told the Al Jazeera television that President Bashar al-Assad failed to fulfill its promises that never shoot firearms on demonstrations, and much less on funerals. Also significant was the decision of the Mufti of Deraa to submit his resignation.

This is a position that, while religious, is decided by the Government. "I was appointed to the edicts (fatwa) not to witness the fire victims and martyrs of the police," said Abdulrahman Rezq Abaza. "While in high places ensures that will not fire on demonstrators on the ground is not so," he said told the television channel Al Jazeera.

For the first time U.S. President Barack Obama has reprimanded the head of state of Syria, on the way to deal with these protests and calling for "egregious use of violence against demonstrators." He said that these acts must end. " Nortemaricana administration, still recently through his Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, had tried to Bashar Assad of "modernizing", referred yesterday to the possible help they receive from the Islamic Republic, Persian and Shiite Iran his great ally.

From both Damascus and Tehran yesterday were quick to deny flatly that there was such a help. The Washington was not the only critical voice yesterday. Quite the contrary. The EU, Russia, Greece, Germany and France, among others, were voiced their protest at the Syrian regime's overreaction to the protests.

French Foreign Minister, Alain Juppe, called immediately incriminate the perpetrators of violence and recalled that "only a political dialogue can include all legitimacy." Most of the inhabitants of Syria have not yet been affected by this increasing popular and compelling answer police repression.

In Damascus the atmosphere is peaceful and daily life, normal. Yesterday, without going further, were married in the city a good friend, a diplomat, I was invited to the wedding party. Airports and land borders are open and busy. Traveling from Damascus, only a hundred kilometers from Beirut, is astonished by the news that spread through the world on the situation in Syria.

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