Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Bloodshed in Syria

Syria is spewing neverending violence. This is a country in the iron grip of a brutal dictatorship that is seeing four decades of Asad family rule. The Syrian protests began in March 2011, ignited by the revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere. They began in the south of the country and quickly spiraled out of control, infecting other parts of the country. Alarmed, President Bashar al-Assad speedily sent in tanks and troops to restore order. And security forces began to shoot unarmed demonstrators with impunity. Still, the anti-government protests escalated, rolling out to the north.

As pockets of revolt spread, towns and cities which dared to rebel were promptly besieged and overwhelming military force was applied to contain the protests.

The UN reports over 5,000 deaths in Syria since the uprising but the national press have reported over 1,000. This is understandable as there is limited coverage of the situation in Syria. Whichever the total deaths, Syrians continue to suffer under the bloodthirsty crackdown. And this bloodbath is not likely to end anytime soon.


Image credit: http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/story/2011/08/18/un-to-meet-over-syria-bloodshed/


Image credit: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2020735/Syria-protests-William-Hague-rules-intervention-despite-140-dying-Hama.html

Photograph: Mani/Zeppelin Network

Image credit: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1390436/Syrian-troops-killed-1-000-civilians-brutal-crackdown-pro-democracy-demonstrations.html


Image credit: http://www.thenewspakistan.com/syria-forces-kill-civilians-clampdown.php


Image credit: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2011/11/19/Syria-not-close-to-Arab-League-deadline/UPI-87301321709703/


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