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Syrian activists use pigeons to communicate [Video]

February 14, 2012 |  3:18 pm

Syrian opposition activists tie a message to a pigeon's foot in this video, which purports to show activists using pigeons to communicate in the battered region.

The video was uploaded to YouTube by opposition activists, who told the Agence France-Presse that they are forced to use homing pigeons to communicate in some stretches of Homs. Government checkpoints have made it impossible for them to venture far, they said.

"We thank Bashar for taking us back to the Middle Ages," said Omar, an activist in Homs, referring to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The idea of people using pigeons in the age of Twitter fascinated observers from overseas, some of whom saw metaphors in the online video, which is dated from last week.

"Can we [human beings] be better than a pigeon?" the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts wrote on its website, decrying the lack of international intervention in Syria.

Homs has become a hub in the uprising against Assad. Opposition activists say ordinary Syrians are being attacked in a campaign to quash the opposition; the government attributes the violence to armed terrorists, arguing there is an international conspiracy against Syria.

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-- Emily Alpert in Los Angeles

Video: Syrian opposition activists tie a message to a pigeon's foot in a video uploaded to YouTube by opposition activist groups.

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