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Aleppo residents final ‘goodbye’


Aleppo residents post final ‘goodbye’ messages as Syrian Government forces advance

As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces advanced over districts abandoned by retreating rebels on Monday, terrified residents of Aleppo posted final “goodbye” messages on social media, thanking supporters and questioning how the world allowed this to happen.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-13/aleppo-residents-post-goodbye-messages-to-social-media/8117792

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7 Responses to “Aleppo residents final ‘goodbye’”


  1. 1 Marleen
    December 14, 2016 at 11:43 am

    This is so sad. I had a sense you might post about it today.

    I remember posting about the beginning (as far as I know) of this matter at a Christian site you and I used to visit where everyone could start threads. I remember the title I used: “Speaking of Demascus…”
    (Church-talk all the time, and absentmindedness of where these matters in historical fact happened.
    There was a video of people in the Damascus street waving and thanking journalists for telling their story.)

    https://damascus.usembassy.gov/news-events/press-releases/the-right-to-peacefully-demonstrate-may-12-2011/

    Quote following: 2011 PRESS RELEASES
    The Right to Peacefully Demonstrate

    May 12, 2011

    Damascus – The United States Embassy witnessed, on the evening of May 12, the third peaceful demonstration this week of protesters who disagree with American policy towards Syria. The United States respects the right of these demonstrators to express themselves in peaceful marches.

    The U.S. Embassy regrets that the Syrian Government has denied the rights of thousands of other Syrians to demonstrate peacefully to criticize Syrian policy. Most recently, on the evening of May 11, Syrian security forces, using clubs and batons, brutally assaulted a group of Aleppo university students who sought to march peacefully to demand an end to Syrian security operations targeting some Syrian cities.

    The United States believes there should be no double standard. The Syrian Government should grant all Syrians the right to express themselves peacefully, as required of it by its signature on the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  2. December 14, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I’ll be away for four weeks from the end of this week, but I’ve scheduled several more blog posts about Syria and refugees to be published almost daily leading up to “Christmas”.
    Some are video excerpts from an excellent BBC documentary: Exodus: Our Journey to Europe. If you ever get the chance to see the full three part series I’d highly recommend it. It really gives the human face to the refugee situation.

  3. 3 Marleen
    December 15, 2016 at 6:30 am

    I trust you’ll have a good break.

    I saw Samantha Powers speaking last night.
    With a search trying to find a link to a recording,
    I found one of your favorite news websites (abc-au).

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/09/to-understand-putin-read-orwell-110551

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_lie
    I think both Putin and Trump…
    and the Assad regime.

    http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=55789#.WFGVvexMHMI
    13 December 2016 – Aleppo should represent the end of the quest for military victory, not the start of a broader military campaign in a country already ravaged beyond all recognition by five years of war, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told an emergency meeting of the Security Council

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/14/middleeast/aleppo-samantha-power-speech/index.html
    The UN Security Council meeting came as a Turkey-brokered ceasefire between government troops, regime-aligned militia and rebel forces in Aleppo was announced on Tuesday.
    But activists said Wednesday that the ceasefire had already failed with shelling resuming on several rebel-held neighborhoods.
    Additionally, a planned civilian evacuation from bombarded areas of eastern Aleppo has been stalled, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-14/un-exchange-samantha-power-blasts-russia-assad-over-aleppo/8119236

    The council convened in New York City to discuss developments in Aleppo, which Russia now says has fallen to Syrian Government and allied forces.

    Addressing Syria, Russia and Iran, Ms Power asked if the countries were “truly incapable of shame”.

    “Your forces and your proxies are carrying out these crimes. Your barrel bombs and mortars and air strikes have allowed the militia in Aleppo to encircle tens of thousands of civilians in your ever-tightening noose,” she said.

    “Three member states of the UN, contributing to a noose around civilians.

    “It should shame you.

    “Instead, by all appearances it is emboldening you, you are plotting your next assault.
    “Is there no act of barbarism against civilians, no execution of a child that gets under your skin … is there nothing you will not lie about or justify?”

    ‘You’re going to be told they’re terrorists’

    Ms Power drew attention to reports of up to 100 children trapped in a building under heavy fire.

    “Clearly … they must be terrorists,” she said.

    “Because everybody being executed, everybody being barrel bombed, everybody who’s been chlorine attacked — you’re going to be told they’re terrorists, every last one of them. Even the infants.”

    [2016, today]

  4. 5 Marleen
    December 15, 2016 at 10:38 am

    I apologize, I spelled her name incorrectly; there is no “s” at the end of the ambassador’s name.

    I am touching on both Syria and Ukraine [the book noted at the end of one of the articles, the book is called Bloodlands I think, is very good] is that after we didn’t get busy backing the rebels in Syria, Putin decided (as I see it) that he could make a move for Russia’s expansion back into the old Soviet block.

  5. 7 Marleen
    December 26, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/eur50/5330/2016/en/

    UKRAINE: CRIMEA IN THE DARK: THE SILENCING OF DISSENT

    By Amnesty International, 15 December 2016, Index number: EUR 50/5330/2016

    Since the Russian occupation and annexation of Crimea in February-March 2014, the Russian and de facto local authorities, have demanded total submission to this brute fact. With most opponents of Crimea’s annexation harassed into exile or silence, Crimean Tatar leaders and activists have been the most organized focus of opposition, and have borne the brunt of the repression. Their representative structure, the Mejlis, was banned as an “extremist” organisation and any association with it has been outlawed; its leaders have been exiled or prosecuted on a range of trumped up charges; several have been forcibly disappeared.

    View report in English


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