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Syria Ruling Party Splitting ,Military Executing Own Soldiers

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posted on Apr, 28 2011 @ 12:07 AM

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad faced dissent within government ranks with more than 200 members of his Baath Party resigning and signs of discontent within the army over the violent repression of pro-democracy protests.

Two hundred party members from Deraa province and surrounding regions resigned on Wednesday after the government sent in tanks to crush resistance in the city of Deraa. At least 35 civilians were killed in the attack, rights groups said.

Diplomats said signs were also emerging of discontent within the army where the majority of troops are Sunni Muslims, but most officers belong to the same minority Alawite sect as Assad.
Assad sent the ultra-loyal Fourth Mechanized Division, commanded by his brother Maher, into Deraa on Monday. Reports from opposition figures and Deraa residents, which could not be confirmed, said that several soldiers from another unit had refused to fire on civilians.

It didnt take too long until the Syrian government began to split. 200 members of the ruling party resign, and the soldiers are already refusing to kill the civilians.

What happened to the soldiers that refused to fire? Executions.....

"The largest funerals in Syria so far have been for soldiers who have refused to obey orders to shoot protesters and were summarily executed on the spot," a senior diplomat said.

Another diplomat said there was at least one instance this month of soldiers confronting secret police to stop them shooting at protesters.

Isnt this very similar to what happened in Libya, but a bit faster?

posted on Apr, 28 2011 @ 12:17 AM
There might be hope. I am sad that these soldiers were killed for standing up against tyranny, but at least they did it to begin with.

posted on Apr, 28 2011 @ 12:32 AM
reply to post by OrphenFire

I do think theres a good chance of hope in this situation. I say that because of how fast these events have unfolded.

I found a little bit more info on this.

11:08pm Another 203 members of Syria's ruling Baath party announced their resignation Wednesday in protest at the deadly crackdown on protesters, raising the number to 233, according to lists seen by AFP

posted on Apr, 28 2011 @ 12:40 AM
And I'm guessing by next week we'll be in there "protecting the civilians"

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