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|Society & You - Social Critic|
|Wednesday, 30 May 2012 11:37|
On May 25 anti-government protesters in Houla, northwest of Homs, took to the streets at noon without knowing that their protest would eventually [in] answered with a slaughter of unprecedented savagery [in]. At least 116 people were killed [in] by forces loyal to the regime.
That day, there appeared a video [GRAPHIC] on YouTube of men running away from what appears to be a bombing. Reports say that tanks, artillery, rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns of high caliber were used in the attack. The cameraman filmed the entrance to a building where bodies were lying on the ground, crying the name of the town of Houla. Light suggests that was the beginning of what would be a seven-hour bombardment.
Another video [GRAPHIC] shows what appears to be a room with corpses - mostly children - covered with sheets, while a man accused cries silence the Arab world.
In Houla, activists like Hadi Abdullah reportedly called on the UN observers to immediately and fungieran were witnesses of the events - but to no avail:
The UN observers finally arrived the next day and confirmed the casualties.
Mass burial of corpses of the victims, Houla, Syria. Sniperphoto Photo Agency, license © Demotix (26/05/2012).
There was immediate reaction of shock and horror around the world:
Egyptian blogger Zeinobia reacted on his blog [es]:
On May 27 spokesman Syrian Foreign Minister denied that the Syrian military was responsible, blaming the slaughter terrorists affiliated with al Qaeda. Lebanese blogger As'ad Abu Khalil ("Angry Arab") was cynical [in]:
Maysaloon blogger criticized the ambivalent view of Abu Khalil:
Mustafah Ruwayda commented on the position of Russia [in]:
Some even compared to the Syrian government with Israel (which was responsible for the slaughter [in] 1948 in a Lebanese village coincidentally called Houla):
Was carried out strikes throughout Syria in solidarity with the victims:
The blogger has Yorikirii a tribute to the slaughter with a poem :