Mosques, Facebook used hand-in-hand by anti-Assad protesters

News article, posted 06.17.2011, from Syria, in:
Nicolas Cheviron
Mosques, Facebook used hand-in-hand by anti-Assad protesters (Photo: Middle East Online)

Safe in Turkey, Syrian dissidents injured in a crackdown back in their homeland say that the spirit of revolt against President Bashar al-Assad's regime is being fomented everywhere from mosques to social networks.

"Demonstrations take place outside the mosque after prayers. It's not an organised thing, it's more or less spontaneous," said Akran, a 17-year-old student nursing a gunshot wound at a hospital in this Turkish city.

"The young, the old, women, everyone takes part," said the youth, from a village near the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib.

On May 20, security forces -- some who wore black uniforms and who were Iranians, according to Akram -- flooded into the village in armoured vehicles and fired on the crowd leaving the mosque.

He was hit in the leg by a bullet, and two weeks later, the wound is still a centimetres-lone gash of raw flesh.

Like many others hospitalised here with similar wounds, he was able to flee across the mountains, being picked up by strangers and ferried to the border, which Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said will not be closed to refugees.


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