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Juan Cole, Informed Comment: Syria Cracks down on Hama Again

Syria Cracks down on Hama Again
by Juan Cole, August 7, 2011

Tens of thousands of Syrians demonstrated on August 5, the first Friday of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, amid regime crackdowns that were especially harsh in Hama, with some 13 killed there on Friday alone.

Aljazeera English reports on the Syrian government’s severe repression, especially in Hama:

AJE also reports on government’s rationale that Hama has been taken over by hooligans and terrorists. The language is identical to that used by the Ben Ali regime in Tunisia, Mubarak in Egypt, and Muammar Qaddafi in Libya. Paint dissenters as violent sabotaging thugs, they seem to think, and then you can do whatever you like to them and no one will care. What they don’t know is that revolutionary movements are watered with the blood of the martyrs…

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