Syrian protesters frustrated with government, U.N. [Video]
As rallies against the Syrian government broke out across the country after Friday prayers, some marchers turned their anger against the United Nations as well, lamenting that violence has continued despite the presence of blue-helmeted interntational observers.
In the video above, said to be shot in the Idlib town of Saraqeb on Friday, rows of protesters march down a narrow alley, chanting. Their signs include “Annan Enough” and “UN Go Out.”
Their frustration was echoed in Tokyo, where Burhan Ghalioun, chief of the opposition Syrian National Council, told reporters an internationally brokered cease-fire was "in crisis" because there was no threat for those who violated it.
Government troops opened fire on Friday on protests across the country, including in the Damascus suburbs, Homs, Hama and Deir Ezzor, according to the Local Coordination Committees opposition activist network, which said at least 14 people had been killed. The group also said that troops had besieged mosques to prevent protesters from staging demonstrations as they left Friday prayers.
Meanwhile, Syrian authorities claimed to have intercepted and killed a would-be suicide bomber in Aleppo, one day after twin bombings killed scores of people in Damascus, the single deadliest attack since protests against President Bashar Assad began more than a year ago.
The official Syrian Arab News Agency quoted a government source saying the driver hit two policemen, then blew himself up with an explosive belt, killing only himself. While the government has blamed the bombings on the armed rebels, opposition activists claim it is the government itself that has undertaken the bombing attacks.
Amateur videos said to be shot in Syria on Friday show more signs of unrest and frustration as the conflict drags on. In the video below, said to be taken in the area of Doumeir outside of Damascus, throngs of residents gather around U.N. vehicles amid chants for arming the rebel Free Syrian Army:
The Local Coordination Committees distributed the next video, saying, "The observers refused to visit the wounded, so the wounded came to them." In this chaotic clip, a wounded person missing part of a leg is carried by residents in front of a U.N. vehicle. The video is said to be shot in Doumeir:
Another video, said to be taken in the village of Tamana in the Idlib province, shows protesters waving roses and flower bouquets in the streets:
-- Alexandra Sandels in Beirut and Emily Alpert in Los Angeles