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Anti-Assad protest thrives in Zabadani

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 01:19

Jan. 18 - Anti-Assad activists continue to plan protests against the government after a ceasefire between the army and rebels is agreed in Zabadani. Simon Hanna reports.

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A tank burns in the rebel stronghold of Zabadani. The voiceover on the video, uploaded to a social media website, says the vehicle was a Syrian government tank set on fire by members of the Free Syrian Army. According to a senior opposition leader, a ceasefire was called here on Tuesday between Syrian troops and rebels in control of this town. But even though the fighting has stopped, the opposition continues. Activists in the town of 40,000 are busy making banners and placards for use in anti-government rallies. These activists, like many in Syria, prefer to remain anonymous for fear of being targeted by the country's infamous security forces. The banners attack President Bashar al Assad and the brutal crackdown that has cost thousands of protesters their lives since the uprising began in March. Zabadani has seen regular big demonstrations demanding the removal of Assad, culminating in an attack by the Syrian army which continued until Tuesday's ceasefire. Simon Hanna, Reuters.

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Anti-Assad protest thrives in Zabadani

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 01:19