Posts Tagged ‘ 2011 Protests in Syria ’

More than 100,000 protest against Assad during funeral of Kurdish opposition figure

Saturday, 08 October 2011

By AL ARABIYA AND AGENCIES

More than 100,000 Syrians rallied against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday during the funeral of Mishaal Tammo, a Kurdish opposition figure slain the previous day, Abdessalam Othman, of the Kurdish Future Movement in Syria, told Al Arabiya.

Othman said security forces in civilian clothing randomly opened fire on demonstrators, killing five and wounding dozens.

Earlier, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that more 50,000 people were participating in the Tammo’s funeral.

Protesters also took on the streets in the northern eastern cities of Amouda and al-Dirbasiya.

In the central city of Homs, roads were blocked to prevent protesters from demonstrating and communication was cut.

Gunmen shot dead Tammo on Friday in his home in the east of the country, activists said.

Rami Abdel-Rahman, head of the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said four gunmen entered the house in Qamishli, shooting Tammo dead and wounding his brother, Reuters reported.

The opposition Local Coordination Committees said Tammo “was killed on Friday at his home by unidentified men. His son as well as female activist Zahida Rashkilo were wounded.”

The official SANA news agency reported “the assassination,” but gave a different account of Tammo’s death. It said he was killed “by gunmen in a black car who fired at his car.”

Tammo founded the liberal Kurdish Future Party, which considers the Kurds to be an integral part of Syria.

He was a member of the newly formed opposition Syrian National Council (SNC) and had been released recently after spending three and a half years in prison.

Tammo’s killing sparked indignation at home and abroad.

The United States said Assad’s regime is escalating its tactics against the opposition with bold, daylight attacks on its leaders, while France said it was “shocked” by the news of the murder.

“This is a clear escalation of regime tactics,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters, referring to reports of Tammo’s murder, as well as the beating on Friday of former MP Riad Seif.

Nuland said both opposition leaders were attacked in broad daylight.

France condemned the regime’s “brutal violence” in its crackdown on the opposition.

“We are shocked by the assassination of opposition figure Mishaal Tammo… and by the attack on opposition figure Riad Seif,” a foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement.

Seif, a former lawmaker, had to be given hospital treatment after being beaten outside a mosque in the capital’s commercial neighborhood of Medan.

Before the news of Tammo’s killing, a prominent Sheikh from the opposition was killed.

Source: al-Arabiya.

Link: http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2011/10/08/170791.html.

Syria braced for Friday protests as unrest enters 7th month

Sep 16, 2011

Cairo/Beirut – Syria deployed tanks and army units across the country ahead of expected demonstrations on Friday, as the pro-democracy protests against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad entered their seventh month.

With the slogan ‘we are continuing until we bring down the regime,’ Syrian activists were planning to protest after Friday prayers, a traditional time for demonstrations.

‘We will not stop no matter what kind of brutal means this regime uses against us,’ Omar Idlibi, a spokesman for activist group The Local Coordination Committees, told the German Press Agency dpa.

Meanwhile, Syrian security forces continued large-scale searches for defectors, also in areas around the northern Lebanese-Syrian border.

A Lebanese man was wounded overnight by shots fired across the border in the Akkar region, hours after Syrian troops mistakenly shot at a Lebanese army unit in the area.

The Lebanese National News Agency said Ahmad Zeidan Ahmad was wounded by gunfire that struck homes in the Lebanese village of Kenayseh.

On Thursday, 15 soldiers from the Syrian Army briefly crossed into Lebanon while in pursuit of people ‘fleeing’ into the same area of Akkar.

‘A Syrian Arab Army patrol entered Lebanese territory at Mounseh in the north, crossing 200 meters into Lebanese territory while pursuing people who were fleeing over the border,’ said an army statement.

It added that a military vehicle was damaged by gunfire from inside Syria, and that the two armies were following up the incident.

Several hundred Syrian refugees and defectors have fled to areas in northern Lebanon and especially Akkar since anti-government protests started in mid-March.

An estimated 2,600 people have been killed in Syria during the government crackdown on protesters.

Source: Monsters and Critics.
Link: http://news.monstersandcritics.com/middleeast/news/article_1663317.php/Syria-braced-for-Friday-protests-as-unrest-enters-7th-month.

Gulf states condemn Syria ‘killing machine’

11 Sep 2011

Gulf Co-operation Council calls for “serious reforms” and end to bloodshed as fresh violence and arrests are reported.

The Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) has called for “an immediate end to the killing machine” in Syria, and reiterated its demand for government reforms.

Ending a meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the six foreign ministers of the Gulf Arab states issued a statement calling for an end to the crackdown on anti-government protesters and urging “the immediate implementation of serious reforms that meet the aspirations of the Syrian” people.

Last month, the GCC called on the Syrian leadership to “resort to wisdom” and stop the bloodshed.

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain recalled their envoys from Damascus to protest against President Bashar al-Assad’s use of force in the uprising against his family’s 41-year rule.

Qatar shut its embassy after it was attacked by Assad loyalists in July.

The United Nations estimated on August 22 that more than 2,200 people have been killed since protests began in March. Scores have been reported killed in the following weeks and Syrian activists now put the death toll closer to 3,000.

In the latest reports of bloodshed, activists said a woman was killed near the Iraqi border on Sunday.

“A 40-year-old woman was killed at noon on Sunday by a stray bullet as security forces were tracking wanted people in the town of Albu Kamal,” the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights cited an activist in Deir al-Zor province as saying.

The Observatory also said a 17-year-old boy died of wounds sustained a day earlier when security forces fired at a funeral for Ghayath Matar, an activist who reportedly died from torture in prison.

Raids ‘intensifying’

Protests were reported in several towns on Sunday and the Local Co-ordination Committees said security forces used gunfire to disperse demonstrations in Albu-Kamal and in Quseir and Talbiseh in the central Homs governorate.

Witnesses and activists also said Syrian forces had stepped up raids across the country to arrest activists.

In the town of Hirak in Deraa province, Ahmad al-Sayyed, a resident, told Reuters that troops had detained at least 250 people in the village of Jeeza, 40 in Museifra, 50 in Busra al-Harir and 30 in Naimeh in the last 48 hours.

“They shoot in the air before they begin raids. They then drag young men and use electric sticks to beat them up and haul them away to detention centers,” he said.

Earlier on Sunday, France’s foreign minister said the UN’s failure to condemn the actions of Syrian security forces against protesters was a “scandal”.

Alain Juppe also stepped up pressure on Russia to support a Security Council resolution saying it was too late for political reforms in Syria, as Russia has called for.

“We think the regime has lost its legitimacy, that it’s too late to implement a program of reform,” Juppe told reporters.

“Now we should adopt in New York the resolution condemning the violence and supporting the dialogue with the opposition,” he said.

“It’s a scandal not to have a clearer position of the UN on such a terrible crisis”.

The developments come after Nabil el-Araby, the head of the Arab League, said he had reached an agreement on reforms with Assad during talks in Damascus on Saturday.

Russia, a UN member with veto power, has resisted international attempts to condemn the violence and refused to back Western calls for Assad to quit.

The Syrian authorities blame what they describe as terrorists for the bloodshed and say hundreds of members of the security forces are among the dead. Opposition activists also acknowledge the deaths of of about 500 security personnel.

Source: al-Jazeera.
Link: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2011/09/2011911192321627917.html.

Syrian expatriates form Europe-wide opposition movement

Sep 10, 2011

Vienna – Syrian expatriate organizations from 15 European countries declared themselves in opposition to President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday and formed a joint movement in Vienna.

The new Union of Syrians Abroad called for the ‘toppling of the Syrian regime and for the creation of a democratic multi-party state’ while stressing the principle of non-violence and its opposition to foreign military intervention.

It also called on Syrian embassies to distance themselves from the current government, Austrian broadcaster ORF reported.

The Union plans to support opposition members in Syria and those who flee abroad.

It represents expatriates in Austria, Britain, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and Ukraine.

Late last month, some opposition activists founded a National Transitional Council in Turkey, modeled on the one formed by Libyan rebels.

Protests calling for political reforms began in mid-March and developed into calls for the ouster of al-Assad.

The United Nations has estimated that more than 2,200 civilians have been killed in the government’s violent crackdown.

Source: Monsters and Critics.
Link: http://news.monstersandcritics.com/middleeast/news/article_1662138.php/Syrian-expatriates-form-Europe-wide-opposition-movement.

Syrian forces remove wounded from hospitals: HRW

ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY | AP
Friday 9 September 2011

BEIRUT: A leading human rights group says Syrian security forces have “forcibly removed” 18 wounded people from a hospital in the restive central city of Homs.

Human Rights Watch cited reports from witnesses, including doctors, in its report that was released late Thursday.

The accusations stem from a military siege in Homs on Wednesday, when activists said at least 20 people were killed.

The New York-based rights group also says Syrian security forces prevented medical personnel from reaching the wounded in the city that day.

The UN estimates that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s crackdown has killed some 2,200 people since the country’s uprising began in March.

Source: Arab News.
Link: http://www.arabnews.com/node/390355.

Syria: Lies and slurs for those who dare to challenge Ribal and Rifat Assad

– Chris Doyle
Sunday, 04 September 2011

Global Arab Network – Well you know, when you have a go at Ribal or Rifat Assad that they will resort to anything, such is their record. (Rifat has apparently plenty of loyal well paid thugs in his entourage).

So a few days after having campaigned against the holding of an Eid reception hosted by an MP promoting Ribal’s Iman organization (if you can call it that as there no semblance of a board, accounts or where it is registered, but photos of Ribal and his MP friends) my wife Rim and I get slagged off in an online article (if you can call it as such) in Arabic and English. It is highly defamatory in practically every word.

It has not been a pleasant week. The Conservative Member of Parliament who is hosting the event, Daniel Kawczynski, instead of answering why he his promoting an apologist for crimes against humanity, has written to both our employers. Rim was called in to meet with her head of department at Imperial College, who far from chastising her as Daniel hoped, asked her if she wanted protection. Daniel called me various things on the phone including that I was a “raving lefty and a communist”.. It seems he is taking lessons from the Assad family in making threats and intimidating critics.

I wrote back in July against Ribal when an MP gave him a platform to speak in Parliament, not just because it was so offensive generally, but also as the regime was pulverising Hama at the time making it doubly insensitive.

I also, as can be seen on my Twitter account @doylech, lobbied against Ribal’s event coming up this Wednesday. Caabu issued a press release on Friday. Huge pressure has been applied by Syrians and Syrian human rights organizations taking up the issue protesting to MPs and even Ministers. Ribal’s cozy relationship with a select few MPs, some of whom he has funded to go to the Middle East, is now under threat. Ribal of course acts as the front man for his father, as his arch apologist-in-chief. Ribal comically told Channel 4 News that his father had been a democrat since the 1970s, something that will appall all those killed, injured, tortured, and brutalized when he was at the top of the regime and running its notorious special forces. His great defense of his father was that he could not have ordered the shelling of Hama in 1982 which killed over 10,000 people as he was in Damascus at the time, as if his presence on the spot was required for him to give the order to his special forces.

It remains a disgrace that Rifat is roaming free in luxury throughout Europe living off his ill-gotten gains, and that his sons are excusing his behavior and polishing his image. It is a crazy world where the EU is sanctioning regime officials inside Syria but seem incapable of taking any action against Rifat and others .

So this is the background to the slurs in this article. They add up to nothing but strangely echo nonsense that both Daniel Kawczynski said to me on the phone and were also written in the comments section of my Guardian article. I am in no doubt that this is not a coincidence.

It is a bizarre set of accusations for a start barely worthy of writing about. Apparently according to the unknown author, Rim’s intervention on BBC women’s hour sounded like apologists for Iran when discussing women. (a non-hijab wearing wife of a British husband acting as a puppet of the Iranians!!) The interview was back in the early days of the protests, and the point of the program was to examine why it seemed not so many Syrian women had participated. She mentioned Mothers’ appearing on TV talking about their being children killed. She makes clear that these demonstrations were very, very risky for women.

Rim must be the only Syrian women not to know how terrible the situation is on the ground. Contrary to this rant, Rim has every idea how angry Syrian society is, she is part of it, with family on the ground with friends all over the country. I have had to comfort her daily as news of friends being arrested, tortured or killed have come in but above all, as her country that we love lurches into a dangerous and unknown future, with a regime that seems to know no limits to its brutality.

Before the protests, we have been involved in doing what can to help Syria, whether by promoting development, encouraging reform, and also promoting Syrians and Syrian culture that has been so often been denigrated in the West. Indeed I have spent 20 years doing little else but working against the demonization of Arabs in the West. We hoped, like so many others, that Bashar just might bring about some reforms. It was a faint hope but we clung to it. Those hopes have been dashed once and for all.

So during these years we helped with various organizations devoted to helping Syria. We set up a small charity, one of the first international NGOs to operate in Syria. Gulf Sands Worldwide not its Syria branch (not Rami Makhlouf who I lobbied to get sanctioned) donated to the Damask Rose Trust, a UK-based charity. Neither of us knew that Makhlouf was a shareholder of Gulf Sands in Syria at the time, but the donation was of no benefit to him nor us. Even today I am not sure just where Makhlouf has tucked away his extraordinary wealth that he has stolen from the Syrian people. I confess I may have bought one of his mobile phone SIM cards, and perhaps used one of his airport taxis, as there is little choice of course.

Rim and I are proud to be Trustees of the Damask RoseTrust that has done fantastic work in difficult conditions to help the deprived in Syria, set up a hotline for victims of domestic violence and supported rural communities. We make no apologies for that. I am proud of her role in setting up the Syrian Professional Women’s Association, an organization here in the UK, devoted to assisting Syrian professional women. I am also proud of what she did whilst involved some years ago with the British-Syrian Society (BSS). She took on some major successful cultural projects but felt she had to step down from the BSS, some time ago. Her cultural work was based on her passionate interest in Arabic and Islamic culture – she has recently curated a major exhibition at the Royal Society.

Our efforts pale into insignificance compared with those on the ground who risk their lives on a daily basis. We shall continue to assist in whatever small way we can.

It is a pity that @all4syria has allowed itself to be abused by Ribal Assad and his family. This does little to help the future of the Syrian opposition (Ribal has no interest in genuine opposition of course), which neither Rim nor I would ever dare to claim we represent, is crucial. Working together for a free and democratic Syria has never been more important. That there are those who seek to undermine all of this shows just how scared the Assad family is. That there are a handful of British MPs who collude with Ribal Assad is a shame on Westminster…

Source: Global Arab Network.
Link: http://www.english.globalarabnetwork.com/2011090411860/Opinion/syria-lies-and-slurs-for-those-who-dare-to-challenge-ribal-and-rifat-assad.html.

Marching across Syria, chanting to topple the regime

– Talal Abdullah
Tuesday, 06 September 2011

Global Arab Network – Syrian soldiers opened fire in and around the rebellious city of Homs on Tuesday, killing two people, including a teenager, as the U.N. secretary-general urged the world to take action on Syria.

Also, the bodies of five unidentified people, including a woman, were found around the city center, activists said.

15 Demonstrators were killed on Monday in the central city of Homs and the northern province of Idlib, according to Mahmoud Merhi, head of the Arab Organization for Human Rights. Security forces also carried out a “major assault” on Monday on the town of Nawa, near the southern province of Daraa where the uprising began in March, Merhi said by phone on Tuesday.

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil el-Arabi will visit Damascus on Wednesday, Egypt’s state-run Middle East News Agency reported, without saying how it got the information. The visit takes place in the wake of expanded sanctions by the European Union in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on dissent.

In the northwestern province of Idlib, Adelsalam Hassoun, 24, a blacksmith, was killed by army snipers on Monday just after he had crossed into Turkey from the village of Ain al-Baida on the Syrian side, his cousin told Reuters by telephone from Syria.

“Abdelsalam was hit in the head. He was among a group of family members and other refugees who dashed across the plain to Turkey when six armored personnel carrier deployed outside Ain al-Baida and started firing their machineguns into the village at random this morning,” Mohammad Hassoun said

Thousands of families fled their homes in the northern border region in June when troops assaulted town and villages that had seen big protests against Assad.

Faced with a heavy security presence in central neighborhoods of Damascus and Aleppo, and military assaults against a swathe of cities from Latakia on the coast to Deir al-Zor in the East, street rallies calling for an end to the Assad family’s domination of Syria have intensified in towns and villages across the country of 20 million.

Demonstrators have been encouraged by the fall of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi and growing international pressure on Assad. The European Union has imposed an embargo on Syrian oil exports, jeopardizing a major source of revenue for Assad, who inherited power from his father, the late Hafez al-Assad, in 2000.

“Economic pressure will be key in swaying the merchant class toward the side of the uprising, but Assad will keep adopting the military solution and deploying heavy weapons across Syria,” said Syrian dissident in exile Bassam al-Bitar.

“International intervention, something akin to a no-fly zone, will still be needed to protect protests and encourage more members of the army to defect,” Bitar, a former diplomat, told Reuters from Washington.

Source: Global Arab Network.
Link: http://www.english.globalarabnetwork.com/2011090612080/Syria-Politics/marching-across-syria-chanting-to-topple-the-regime.html.

Syria’s Kurds see better lot if Assad goes-activists

Tue Sep 6, 2011

AMMAN, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Syria’s minority Kurds support the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad because it could usher in democracy but long-standing grievances have to be addressed in any post-Assad order, Kurdish activists said.

In a declaration issued on Monday at the conclusion of a conference in Stockholm to unify Kurdish efforts against Assad, the activists said they will strengthen backing for Kurdish protests against Assad, led by a younger generation of street leaders critical or elders in established Kurdish parties.

“The Kurdish people, as a part of Syria’s diverse mosaic, are a main component of the revolt against the regime and it is in their full interest for the regime to fall,” the statement said.

With Syria’s one million Kurds concentrated in the oil- producing northeast, the Kurdish issue would loom large if Assad, who is struggling to contain a five-month uprising against his rule, was removed, with regional implications for Turkey, which also has a large Kurdish minorities, and Iraq, where Kurds have a large degree of autonomy.

Syria’s overall population is around 20 million.

Pro-democracy protests have spread to Kurdish areas in Syria, but the authorities, mindful of a 2004 Kurdish uprising crushed by force, have not used the same level of deadly violence employed to crush protests elsewhere.

The two-day conference at the Swedish Parliament building, which drew 50 participants, was the first to bring a broad group of Kurdish activists since the uprising. Among the participants were Kurdish writer Massoud Akko, who fled Syria several years ago and now resides in Norway, and dissent Mohammad Sida, who lives in Sweden.

The statement said the removal of Assad and his ruling Baath Party could allow for a new political system that divulges power to the provinces and “free of racist and extremist ideology.. a nation where tolerance would prevail”.

“The Syrian revolution will not be complete without a just solution to the Kurdish cause,” the statement said, adding that any new constitution should recognize Kurdish as an official language and that Kurds have a right to seek compensation for “historic discrimination and persecution”.

A month into the uprising in April, Assad sought to placate Syria’s Kurds by issuing a decree to grant thousands of disenfranchised Kurds Syrian nationality and easing discrimination on the transfer of properties in Kurdish areas.

But activists and Kurdish politicians said little progress has been made on the ground, with only a fraction of the stateless Kurds becoming citizens and a multitude of other laws that still discriminate against Kurdish language and customs, as well as heavy secret police presence in Kurdish areas.

Source: Reuters.
Link: http://af.reuters.com/article/energyOilNews/idAFL5E7K53U720110906.

Syrian forces raid cities, as ICRC granted access

Sep 5, 2011

Beirut – Syrian troops and security forces intensified Monday their assault on the central cities of Hama and Homs, while the government granted access to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to visit a detention center.

Hisham Hassam, the ICRC Public Relations Officer in the Near and Middle East, confirmed to the German Press Agency dpa from Geneva that the ICRC were granted access to visit a jail in Syria.

ICRC’s president, Jakob Kellenberger, who concluded a two-day visit to Damascus on Monday, said ICRC delegates started visiting on September 4 the Damascus Central Prison, in the suburb of Adra.

‘The Syrian authorities have granted the ICRC access to a place of detention for the first time. Initially, we will have access to persons detained by the Ministry of the Interior, and we are hopeful that we will soon be able to visit all detainees,’ said Kellenberger.

‘This is an important step forward for our humanitarian activities in Syria,’ he added.

Arab League Secretary General Nabil Al-Arabi was also due to visit Damascus on Wednesday to discuss recent developments, at the request of Arab foreign ministers, the Al Arabiya Satellite channel reported.

Last month, the Arab League launched a peace initiative aimed at solving the crisis in Syria, where more than 2,000 people have been killed in anti-regime protests since March.

The developments came as security forces intensified their assaults against pro-democracy protesters in the central cities of Hama, Homs and in the province of Idlib, killing at least nine people and arresting dozens.

‘Dozens of troops backed by at least 30 military vehicles and security forces raided Hama,’ a spokesman of one of the Local Coordination Committees who identified himself as Omar Idlibi told dpa.

He added that security forces carried out a similar operation in Homs.

Idlibi said some 100 people were rounded up in the Khan al Sabul, in the province of Idlib.

‘Security forces were seen dragging men from their houses, blindfolding them and pushing them into buses,’ Idlibi said.

Earlier, activists in Lebanon told dpa that ‘at least nine people were killed in Homs by firing by the Syrian security forces.’

They added that Syrian security forces were conducting arrests in the Al-Khalediya neighborhood of Homs, ‘when the troops started shooting randomly at a group of people near a mosque in the area.’

Activists based in northern Lebanon told dpa that sounds of heavy shelling could be heard in the Wadi Khaled, an area facing Tal Kalakh.

They told dpa that one of their members was killed by the Syrian security forces as he was trying to escape from Syria into Turkey.

The dead man was identified as Adelsalam Hassoun, 24. He was killed by Syrian army snipers just after he had crossed into Turkey from the village of Ain al-Baida on the Syrian side.

Activists based in the Syrian capital said soldiers have defected from the Syrian army at Mezzeh airport in Damascus. They gave no further details.

The Syrian Local Coordination Committees said the defected Syrian soldiers had escaped to Turkey.

Meanwhile former Syrian vice president Abdel Halim Khaddam – who now lives in exile in Paris – demanded a military intervention in Syria, Al-Jazeera reported.

In his letter to ‘Syrian revolutionaries,’ Khaddam said the country needed an intervention like the one in Libya. ‘Military intervention is not the same as an occupation,’ he added.

In another development, the Syrian attorney general of the city of Hama – who announced his defection last week – arrived in Cyprus, the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya channel reported, without providing further details.

Activists based in Lebanon confirmed to dpa that Bakhour was ‘safe and sound,’ but refused to say where he was.

Bakhour appeared in videos last week, saying he had resigned because of a massive government campaign of killing and torture in Hama. The government responded that Bakhour had been kidnapped and was forced to issue the statement.

On August 15, the 22 members of the Arab League called for an ‘end to the spilling of blood and (for Syria) to follow the way of reason before it is too late.’

Syria rejected the statement at the time, saying it amounted to ‘a clear violation … of the principles of the Arab League charter and of the foundations of joint Arab action.’

Source: Monsters and Critics.
Link: http://news.monstersandcritics.com/middleeast/news/article_1661061.php/Syrian-forces-raid-cities-as-ICRC-granted-access.

السفير السوري لأردنيين : إذا سقطنا ستسقطون معنا

2011-09-01

خبرني- كتب بسام بدارين في صحيفة القدس العربي اليوم الخميس :

هل يطور الأردن موقفا سياسيا جديدا في المسألة السورية؟.. هذا السؤال يبدو محوريا في عمان هذه الأيام في ظل اللغة الجديدة التي تستخدمها الحكومة الأردنية فيما يختص بمشهد سورية اليوم وهي لغة بقيت حذرة لكل الإحتمالات والسيناريوهات لكنها لم تعد متحفظة ومالت إلى النقد في الأسابيع القليلة الأخيرة.

ومن الواضح أن الإحتفاظ بمسافة آمنة وواحدة من طرفي معادلة الإشتباك في سورية تقرأه دمشق الرسمية بإعتباره خطوة معادية نحوها .. لذلك بدأت سلسلة من المضايقات السورية الحكومية على الحدود بالإتجاه المعاكس فعدد الأردنيين الذين يعبرون الحدود أقل من المعتاد وشاحنات الأردن البرية بدأت تتعطل لساعات على المركز الحدودي وعادت إلى الواجهة التحرشات البيروقراطية الحدودية المألوفة في لحظات التصعيد والتوتر من طراز تغيير تعليمات دخول الشاحنات فجأة او المطالبة بأوراق جديدة او حتى مخالفة بروتوكولات تسعير رسوم الترانزيت الموقعة سابقا بين البلدين.

إعلاميا تبدو المعركة أكثر حدة بين البلدين ففضائية دنيا التابعة لعائلة مخلوف السورية تخصص مساحات واسعة من شريطها الإخباري لرسائل تتهم الأردن بالعمالة لإسرائيل أو تحرض المواطنين الأردنيين على دولتهم والمحطة السورية الحكومية بدأت تعيد أجواء الحرب الإعلامية القديمة وهي تبث إعترافات مفترضة لأشخاص مجهولين يقولون أنهم أدخلوا السلاح للأراضي السورية عبر الحدود الأردنية.

ولا تخلو التعبيرات الإعلامية السورية الرسمية هذه الأيام من تلميحات تتهم السلطات الأردنية بالدعم الخفي للإرهاب المفترض داخل سورية خصوصا بعد معطيات معلوماتية تحدثت عن دخول العشرات من أنصار التيار السلفي المتشددين إلى الأراضي السورية فيما تقول شخصيات مقربة من الحكومة الأردنية بأن هؤلاء يمثلون ‘بضاعة سورية التي ردت إليها’ فقد إتهمت سورية رسميا عدة مرات بتمويل وتوجيه خلايا تخطط لأعمال عسكرية في الأرض الأردنية.

وهي خلايا لمتطرفين أصوليين ومن أشهرها مجموعة عزمي الجيوسي التي إتهمت بالتخطيط لتفجير مقر المخابرات الأردنية قبل ثلاثة أعوام.

بالمقابل يلاحظ الإعلام السوري بأن السلطات الأردنية تسكت بوضوح عن التجمعات اليومية التي تنظمها الجالية السورية مقابل سفارة سورية للإحتجاج والهتاف ضد بشار الأسد في ضاحية عبدون الراقية وهي إحتجاجات أصبحت في الواقع معلما يوميا من معالم العاصمة الأردنية.

ومؤخرا تطور الأمر فأكبر حشد جماهيري خرج في شوارع عمان منذ إنطلق الربيع العربي كان ذلك الذي نظمه السوريون مع النسخة الأردنية من الأخوان المسلمين في ليلة القدر التي سميت بليلة الإستبشار بسقوط بشار.. هنا تحديدا إمتنعت الحكومة الأردنية عن تنفيذ البروتوكول المعتمد عند الرغبة في قمع تجمع شعبي او منع الناس من الوصول إلى ساحته فعاشت عمان ليلة كاملة على صخب آلاف الحناجر وهي تدعو لسقوط بشار الأسد.

بالمقابل تقول عمان بان السماح للسوريين المعارضين بالتعبير أمام سفارتهم ينسجم مع معاييرها فقد سمحت للمصريين والليبيين بذلك ويقابله السماح بنشاطات للجنة حزبية تشكلت دفاعا عن النظام السوري.

لكن حتى من ثنايا بعض المناسبات يمكن تلمس التغيرات في ‘اللهجة المتبادلة’ ففي حفل الإفطار السنوي للسفارة السعودية في العاصمة الأردنية دعي سفير سورية وجلس بالصدفة لإنه حضر متأخرا إلى طاولة مليئة بنخبة من السياسيين الأردنيين المخضرمين.. عندها إعتمد الرجل في كل حديثه تقريبا على الصيغة التالية حسب شهود عيان: إذا سقطنا ستسقطون معنا.

طبعا لا يمكن تمرير هذه الصياغة بدون رد فتصدى رئيس الوزراء الأردني الأسبق عبد الرؤوف الروابدة الجالس على نفس الطاولة معلقا بفكرة بسيطة قوامها: .. سعادة السفير أعتقد انكم ستسقطون وحدكم إذا لم تتداركوا الموقف أما نحن فجالسون. المقصود هنا واضح وهو تلميح السفير السوري لإن النظام الأردني سيتهاوى إذا سقط السوري وإشارة الروابدة للرد على الموقف واضحة و مسنودة بمداخلة لعضو البرلمان الأردني المخضرم المتواجد على نفس الطاولة وفي نفس المناسبة أيضا خليل عطية الذي رفض المقاربات والمقارنات والمقايسات وتحدث عن إصلاحات بلاده وعن عدم وجود غربه بين الناس والنظام في الأردن.

ويمكن القول الآن ان هذه المماحكات السياسية تعكس المزاج المتوتر قليلا في هذه المرحلة بين البلدين الجارين وسط قناعة جميع الأردنيين بان ما يجري وسيجري في سورية يؤثر بكل تأكيد على الأردن كما يوضح السياسي الأردني المعروف ممدوح العبادي.

المصدر: خبرني.
الرابط: http://www.khaberni.com/more.php?newsid=61004.