One year ago today, ordinary Syrians took to the streets for the first time in scattered and small numbers to call for greater freedoms. Here, Syrians are gathered outside the Syrian embassy in Cairo on March 15, 2011:
Some of them are laughing. Others are carrying banners addressed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, that read: “What did you do for the country, it is getting deserted, leave idiot, you ought to understand” or simply “leave.” All of them are peaceful.
Fast forward one year, and 8,000 people are dead, thousands have been detained, an unknown number have been tortured or are missing and nearly a quarter-million people have been displaced, The Post’s Liz Sly reports. The Syrian uprising is close to becoming the Arab Spring’s bloodiest and longest revolt.
Syria, shown March 15, 2012:
The image was made from an amateur video and released by Shaam News Network. It purports to show a Syrian army tank in Idlib, Syria. The Washington Post cannot independently verify the photo, but The Post’s Liz Sly has reported on the presence of government armored vehicles on Syrian streets for months. In one such assault by security forces, government vehicles drove into the central city of Homs in the early hours of the morning and killed dozens of civilians. Still, protesters say they will not give up.
Read Sly’s full story here.
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