Once again, as soon as the Russians stop raining down bombs for a minute, the Syrian people hit the streets to protest the regime. What a shame they don't get more support from the so-called progressives in the US.
Remember these pictures. A month from now, many of them may be dead if we continue to do nothing. Al Jazeera reported on Friday:
Friday's protests in Idlib once again reveal that at the core of the Syrian Revolution, once you clear away the wood, is the people's demand for democracy and an end to the regime that the world seems intent on forcing on them.
Thousands rally against looming offensive on northwest Syria
Rebel-controlled Idlib province witnesses massive protests, as Turkey announces new meeting between Erdogan and Putin.
by Mariya Petkova
14 September 2018
Thousands attended protests in the Syrian city of Maarat al-Nouman against a looming assault on Idlib province, on September 14, 2018 [Mohammed al-Daher]
Istanbul, Turkey - Thousands of people have taken to the streets across Syria's last remaining stronghold to protest against a potential full-fledged offensive by government forces and their allies.
Activists told Al Jazeera that Friday's demonstrations took place in more than two dozen towns and villages in Idlib, a northwestern province that is home to more than three million people.
In recent weeks, the Syrian government, supported by Russia and pro-Iranian militias, has been amassing forces close to areas controlled by rebels in Idlib and northern Hama provinces, threatening a large-scale ground offensive that may result in a "bloodbath", according to the United Nations.
In early September, the forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launched an intense campaign of shelling, air raids and barrel-bombing of opposition-held territories. The Russian-backed bombardment has receded over the past few days.
One of the biggest demonstrations was held in the city of Maarat al-Nouman in central Idlib province, where an estimated 25,000 people, including civilians from neighbouring villages and towns, gathered after Friday prayers, according to local sources.
"We want to send a message to the rest of the world that we are just an oppressed people who want freedom," said Mahmoud Harkawi, 36, who works in a printing house in Maarat al-Nouman. More...
Here is few of the videos that were posted to YouTube on Friday:
The Daily Beast is reporting:
The ‘Final Offensive’ In Syria by Putin and Assad Suddenly Looks Like It’s On Hold
Bombing has stopped, some Syrian army units have redeployed—and anti-Assad demonstrations are erupting. But the rebels may turn on each other.
By Roy Gutman
14 September 2018
ISTANBUL – Just a week after Syria’s northern Idlib province seemed on the brink of a massive military assault by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad backed by Russian air power, tens of thousands of defiant residents took to the streets of Idlib province and beyond on Friday in demonstrations calling for the overthrow of the Assad regime. More...
"In fact, opposition leaders say that one third of the first group of 100 brought in from Dara’a had defected shortly after being brought near the front."
Here are some of the tweets:
Demonstration in #Idlib. People are on the streets, dancing and singing revolutionary songs. pic.twitter.com/umPTCXMt2y— Ruslan Trad (@ruslantrad) September 14, 2018
Thank you so much for the kind message my friend Fareed AL . I am honored to know you and the brave, courageous, freedom loving, souls in Idlib. We will never, NEVER stop speaking for your safety and human rights! #EyesOnIdlib pic.twitter.com/Uu845P5mah— Marc Nelson 🌊 (@Marcnelsonart) September 14, 2018
Once again protests against the #Assad regime have erupted all over rebel-held #Idlib and nortern #Aleppo.— Thomas van Linge (@ThomasVLinge) September 14, 2018
Syrians in the town of #Kafranbel sing "we want freedom!" pic.twitter.com/avTNuGoVPB
VOICE OF THE PEOPLE FROM IDLIB— فؤاد حلّاق (@Fouadhallak89) September 14, 2018
THE SYRIAN REVOLUTION
As the three million people under seige in Idlib, come under the cross hairs of Russian bombers and ground troops, Amy Goodman and Democracy Now are reporting all week from the Climate Summit in San Francisco, with no time for a show segment on Syria, just as they are all about #NoDAPL as Aleppo was being bombed into the stone age. Others are screaming that everyone in Idlib is Al Qaeda and deserves to die. And so it goes on the white-Left.
Meanwhile, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard becomes the voice of Assad in the US Congress:
While Trump/Pence gave speeches honoring the victims of 9/11 two days ago, they are simultaneously protecting al-Qaeda and other jihadist forces in Syria; threatening Russia, Syria, and Iran with US military force if they dare attack these terrorists. pic.twitter.com/hAmOU9VKSE— Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiPress) September 13, 2018