Here are updates on the Syrian Revolution . The Syrian Revolution 2011 called on Facebook for a nationwide protest on Saturday March 26 .
Freedom appears to be the main demand of the protesters . But some demonstrators were also reported to be taking aim at the Syrian president’s family. Protesters in Tel, outside Damascus, called the president’s relatives “thieves” and those in Daraa vented anger against Maher al-Assad, the president’s brother who heads the Republican Guard.
Islamic cleric Adnan Alarour called for Million people protests throughout Syria. He said if 200, 000 people were able to protest in Daraa, which is relatively a small city in southern Syria, the largest cities should be able to put together million people protests. He is referring to cities like Aleppo, Damascus, Hama, Homs, Latakia ,etc.
He urged people to protest peacefully and calmly and not carry any arms not even a knife. He also told protesters, “If you are shot at, you run away, but being shot at benefits us…If they the security forces come against you, do not confront them…When they leave, protest back in the streets. After this, God willing, there will be another movement to see whether the regime will be brought down or not.”
– Homs’ governor, Iyad Ghazal, was reportedly dismissed from his post.
– Unconfirmed report says that Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa has been killed by the Syrian regime.
– Protesters in the southern Syrian town of Tafas , 18 km north of Daraa torched the local Baath party headquarters and a police station, chanting slogans “hostile to the regime, ” activists told AFP
– Buthaina Shaaban, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s political adviser said Saturday that Damascus is ready to discuss any demand as long as it serves the country’s interests.
– Syrian Security troops stormed a protest sit-in near the capital Damascus, arresting about 200 people in the midnight raid, activists said Saturday.
– Syrian authorities released 260 prisoners, mostly Islamists, from Saydnaya jail on Friday, a human rights lawyer said.
– protesters climbed on the statue of late President Hafez al-Assad, which protesters pulled down on Friday in a scene that recalled the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s statue in Iraq in 2003 by U.S. troops.
– The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights warned Syria on Saturday that a violent crackdown on reformist protests risks plunging the country into a downward spiral of violence.
– Residents of the southern Syrian city of Sanamein buried their martyrs . 20 protesters were reportedly killed here yesterday
watch video on attacks on the protesters
– A doctor in Daraa Hospital says more than 150 people have been killed since the beginning of Syrian anti-regime protests.
– Armed security forces wearing civilian clothing are breaking into university dorms in the city of Latakia. Reports of gunfire in the area.(Youth Syria for Freedom)
see video of Latakia protest
– Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s political advisor Buthaina Shaaban tells BBC that five Lebanese were arrested in Syria’s anti-regime protests.
-Government snipers shout at protesters in Salibeh neighborhood Latakia. Many were reportedly kilkled or wounded.
– Security forces raid campus of Tishreen University in Latakia and make random arrests. (Youth Syria for Freedom)
Massacre reported in Latakia see the video from youth Syria for freedom. 5 people were reportedly killed
-Reuters- Syrian security forces fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters staging a sit-in in one of the main squares of the southern town of Daraa, a witness in Deraa said. “Several hundred youths were trying to stage a sit-in… and they were dispersed by central security forces who fired tear gas on them,” the witness said. The protesters were calling for the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad’s rule.
BBC– Witness says armed men transported by state buses shoot, kill six anti-regime protesters in Syria’s Latakia
At least seven were killed in Latakia ( Syrian Revolution 2011)
-Ammar Qurabi, an exile in Egypt who heads Syria’s National Organization for Human Rights, said the Ba’ath party ofice in the coastal city of Latakia was set on fire after being attacked by dozens of people.
The City of latakia appealed for support: ” The brave people of Syria… Muslims, Christians, Kurds , Arabs, Aalawites , Sunnis….please come to rescue the city of Latakia
We are all Syrians …one hand ..one heart .. united with the same aim. Syrian Revolution 2011
The Imam of the al Rahman Mosque in Latakia said more than 20 people have been killed in the city between yesterday and today and the only people who are shooting arer the government security forces . Syrian Revolution 2011
Reuters: Syrian forces fire tear gas, disperse Daraa protest
– Syrian Security forces are changing their clothes to disguise themselves as civilians with the aim of disrupting the anti government protest . Youth Syria for Freedom
Reuters-Syria has withdrawn the accreditation of a Reuters correspondent, saying he had filed “unprofessional and false” coverage of events in Syria.
– Reuters said it stood by its coverage from Syria, where a week of protests in southern towns have presented Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with the deepest crisis of his 11-year rule.
Al-Arabiya reported that Cars transporting Syrian army members were seen entering Latakia city,
Reuters : Syrian President Bashar al-Assad faced the deepest crisis of his 11 years in power on Saturday with one city at the heart of anti-government protests planning to bury its dead after a security forces’ crackdown
Reuters: Syria is the target of a “project to sow sectarian strife”, Butheina Shaaban an adviser to President Bashar al-Assad said on Saturday.
BBC: Syrian opposition leaders have accused President Bashar Assad of using Hezbollah to suppress the anti-government protests. Abd el-Razek told BBC Arabic that Hezbollah operatives were working alongside Syrian security forces to quell the riots in Daraa. Other opposition leaders have reportedly made similar claims.
Youth Syria For Freedom: All roads leading to Latakia have been blocked by Syrian security forces
Youth Syria For Freedom: protests spread to the towns of Zabadani, Madaya and Serghaya. many people were arrested