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While the Syrian government continues to insist that it is facing not an uprising by peaceful protesters but a rebellion by “armed groups,” a different pictures emerges in video clips apparently recorded inside Syria’s besieged cities by members of the Syrian security forces.
In several clips that seem to have been filmed as souvenirs by men taking part in military operations against protesters, and later obtained by opposition activists, there is a relaxed, almost casual attitude among the government forces.
One clip, posted online in April, showed members of the security forces playing to the camera as they beat, kicked and stepped on protesters forced to lie face down on the street in the town of Bayda. Another, shared on a Syrian activist Facebook page on Monday, is said to have been originally produced by one of the shabiha, a militia loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. This video features heroic music over images of heavily armed men in uniforms smiling and laughing as they chat near the bloody corpses of two men in civilian clothes.