Tens of Thousands of Syrians Protest Peacefully after Ceasefire, 6 Killed

Juan Cole   4/14/2012   Informed Comment

On the first day since the Baathist regime of Bashar al-Assad maintained that it had accepted a ceasefire with its opposition, tens of thousands of Syrians came out into the streets to protest. The regime did not, as promised, pull tanks from the streets, so that the crowds were thinner than they might have been. But al-Sharq al-Awsat reports that throughout the country 640 demonstrations were held.

CBS’s Elizabeth Palmer manages to report from a demonstration in a Damascus suburb:

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The UNSC is meeting Saturday in an attempt to work out the practical details of sending UN observers to Syria to ensure that the cease-fire is observed.

The Arabic press reported 12 dead, but Western wire services mostly gave it as 6. Some reports have it lower yet.

The UNSC is meeting Saturday in an attempt to work out the practical details of sending UN observers to Syria to ensure that the cease-fire is observed.

Few in the opposition believe that al-Assad will really allow free peaceful protests, and al-Sharq al-Awsat carried this graphic in a story on the distrust of the regime among oppositionists, who have turned to ridiculing al-Assad:

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  1. Andy Berman April 15, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Thanks for the article. It is tragic to see the WAMM Middle East Committee put out a flier that claims that the news reports of the shelling and bombing of Syrian cities by the Assad regime are “lurid and unfounded.”

    The civilian casualties caused by Syrian government attacks far exceeds those of the Israeli war on Gaza. The very news sources that the WAMM Middle East Committee recommends on its web site, including Aljazeera, Amy Goodman, and others, are documenting well Assad’s murderous attacks.

    Of course US policy makers want to manipulate this heroic uprising against the tyrant for their own ends (as they did so well in Libya). But our job is Solidarity with oppressed people. It is so sad to see some US progressives blinded by simplistic ideologies that turn them away from speaking out against the Military Madness of a tyrant like Assad.

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