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SYRIA: Videos show large student protest in Aleppo, the second largest city



They came in the thousands, according to activists and video posted to the Internet, gathering on a university campus in the country's second largest city, Aleppo, on Wednesday night. They called for freedom. They were met with the truncheons of a brutal police state. 

According to a Syrian activist website on Facebook, around 6,000 people took part in a rally at Aleppo University where crowds called for freedom. Other reports said protesters also chanted in solidarity with the besieged Syrian cities of Dara, Homs and Baniyas.

The video footage above, said to have been shot at Wednesday night's rally, shows a large crowd chanting and clapping inside what appears to be a university campus as cars passing on the other side of the gates honk loudly.

Below, in a clip claimed to have been filmed at the same rally, crowds are shouting "God is Great" and chanting their support for Dara.

"With our soul and blood we sacrifice to Daraa", demonstrators say. There were reports about two  protests in Aleppo on Wednesday night, one of which supposedly started around the city's Al-Rahman mosque as the student rally was under way.


Soon enough, forces loyal to President Bashar Assad were reported to have moved in on protesters and tried to disperse the crowds. Below, footage shows how plainclothes government enforcers, known as "shabiha," are making arrests in the streets on Wednesday night. It appears to have been filmed near the campus gates and shows some disturbances in the street as chants are heard in the background.

Activists said security forces had raided student residential units and arrested a number of students.


Wednesday's protests in Aleppo appear to have been the biggest student rally there to date since anti-government protests broke out in Syria in March. However, the city center of Aleppo has so far been largely untouched by the wave of protests. Syrian authorities have done everything they can to keep demonstrations out of the centers of the capital Damascus and Aleppo.

Last week, the journalist and activist Jihad Jamal, known by his nickname "Milan" on the Internet, was arrested by security forces at a cafe in Aleppo, reports say. The man who owned the laptop that Jamal used had also been arrested, added the report.


Timeline: Uprising in Syria

-- Alexandra Sandels in Beirut

Video credit: YouTube


Comments () | Archives (5)

I shot these footages and many other. THEY WERE THOUSANDS. Every one of them equals ten thousands of you, yussef , they were arrested, shot at, beaten, and tortured MANY TIMES, and they continue to go in protests inside and outside Aleppo University campus.
The brutal Syrian regime knows no mercy or boundaries. Even women were killed in cold blood.

you are right,only a minority is protesting in Syria,but the reason is obvious, any one participating in these protest is either shot dead ,wounded ,jailed and tortured or is on the run avoiding the security apparatus and the criminal gangs,so all the shame on you for either being a mouthpiece for this criminal regime .

@Yussef - a hard rain is gonna fall buddy - what is the acceptable ratio for unarmed protestors killed : state thugs ?

'Arrested Development' fans, I see; perhaps they identify?

I like the way you represent the number of the students....there are more than 5000 student in the university and these are only 200 of what are these large numbers you are talking about them.....if you don't know how to calculate ratios i will tell you:
(200 / 5000) *100 = 4% at max from the whole number of the students....these are all from outside aleppo since this is in the dormitory....why you didn't refer in your report that these students are studying and sleeping in the university for less than 50$/year....They don't know what are they doing....SHAME ON THEM


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