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Syrian Activist Speaks Out From Hiding As Arab League Mission Fails to Slow Deadly Crackdown

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Uploaded on Dec 29, 2011

DemocracyNow.org - Syrian troops continue to fire on protesters despite a visit by Arab League monitors to assess the Assad regime's compliance with a plan to resolve the country's political crisis. More than 5,000 people have been killed in the nine-month-long uprising. Democracy Now! interviews Bassel, a Syrian activist and filmmaker currently in Damascus, but just back from the city of Homs, where three dozen people were reportedly killed the day before monitors arrived. Speaking from hiding, Bassel says the violence in Homs is threatening a civil war pitting local civilians and Army deserters against the security forces. Also interviewed is Karam Nachar, a U.S.-based Syrian cyber-activist who details how he is working with Syrian protesters via social media platforms to organize and get out images of the protests and the Assad regime's crackdown.

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