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Calls on Facebook to oust Syria’s Assad

By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, February 27, 2011 1:49 EDT
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NICOSIA (AFP) – A Facebook page has called for mass protests in Syria and in several Western countries against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.

The organisers of the page, which had 25,000 fans early on Saturday, said the date for demonstrations to be held “in all Syrian cities” was being carefully studied and “will be determined in a few days.”

It urged “peaceful demonstrations in all Syrian cities, in Canada, in the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany and Australia” to demand Assad’s ouster.

Assad became president in 2000 after the death of his father, Hafez al-Assad, and was returned for a second seven-year term in a referendum in 2007 in which he was the only candidate.

The organisers say on the page that they do not belong to any party, but are “defenders of human rights, Syrian militants inside Syria and in Europe.”

Other similar Facebook pages have cropped up recently, particularly in support of Tal al-Mallouhi, a 19-year-old Syrian blogger who was sentenced last week to five years in prison after she was accused of working for the CIA.

The US State Department has described the accusation as “preposterous.”

Another, unidentified, group recently used Facebook to call for a “day of rage” on February 4, but despite attracting thousands of members on the site, the demonstrations did not take place.
Syria was 173rd of 178 countries in a 2010 ranking of press freedom around the world by Reporters Without Borders, eight rungs lower than in 2009 because of its stepped up controls over the Internet.

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  • Anonymous

    24000 of those “fans” are probably HBGary fake personas sold to the CIA

  • Anonymous

    25,000 expatriate Syrians sounds like a lot of people. As there is a strict US immigration policy towards Syrians even visiting, it raises a question of just who these individuals are. Democracy must come from within a nation, not from outsiders. The lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan apparently have had no impact. If it turns out that these “25,000″ are not Syrian nationals or are part of an orchestrated movement from outsiders, then they will do more harm and set back real democratic reform in Syria.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    The US State Department has described the accusation as “preposterous.”

    Oh, oh! That right there is an admission of guilt. The moment the government categorically denies something, you know it’s true.

    And while on the subject of Syria, Al Arabiya reported this tidbit which has seen very little publicity. A new Middle East is shaping up, as predicted by many of those who are paying attention to this rapidly changing world and the noose around Israel is tightening by the day. Their dream of hegemony over the region – with Uncle Sam’s brute force behind it – is looking dimmer and dimmer. Thank gawd for that!

    Syrian, Iranian navy chiefs meet aboard Iranian vessel
    Iran, Syria navies to cooperate on training: report

    http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2011/02/26/139357.html

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L5RTBE66FQNQHQLJKVXOPQAQZQ Jasper

    Curveball is an unemployed member of Facebook! Could he be up to his old tricks? He is a demonstrated asset in the regime change game. Sure some claim he is mentally ill and perhaps he is but the Curveman didn’t resort to government disability handouts. So Fox News take note and defend the man who espoused and embraced the very views you hammered us with each and every day. He was a ratings boon yet you seem to have deserted the man and if not his views.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    If so, that would probably be the only GOOD thing the CIA has done in the past 40 years. LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    WRONG. You are assuming “the government” whatever you meant by that actually knows what the CIA is doing. They don’t.

    Your views on Israel are positively psychotic. They “dream of hegemony over the region”? Why exactly would they dream of that? You’re nuts. Literally.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    They know. They’re all in it together. From Wall Street to Washington, DC, it’s all the same cabal.

    Oh, heavens! An Israel apologist. How sweet! That would explain a lot. Yes, yes, yes. I can’t wait till the rest of the other “positively psychotic” posters here who know just like me what Israel is all about reap you another asshole. I’ll sit back and enjoy the pounding.

    ~drink~

  • Praxman

    Hey you’re lucky.
    Bobby didn’t call you a Koch paid shill like he is doing on the other comments, only psychotic….for mentioning the Zionist wet dream of a Eretz Israel.
    Ya….that’s crazy talk ;-)

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Oh, he knows better. I’ve been tangling with him for sometime now and reaping him a new asshole every time I do too. They all hate me. Pay attention and you’ll see them all jump me. ha ha!

    The Nova Bengay character is another one. He actually thinks that I’m gonna back down when he calls me anti-semitic™ ha ha. As if that shit worked anymore.

  • Anonymous

    What would our reaction be if North Korea, China, or Iran were to go on FACEBOOK and demand that we OUST Obama ? O better still how about the Unions going on FB and demandin that the Gov. of Wisconsin move out?

  • Guest

    An ENT surgeon arises sui generis and wins a democratic election to lead a nation.

  • Anonymous

    Assad has been an asset to Syria and the Syrians are thankful to God Almighty and want Assad to keep the COLONIAL FORCES AND THEIR CRONIES out of the land.

    It must be a plan hatched in the enemy-camps of Muslims, those who give nuclear fissile material to Al Qaidah and Taalban of Afghanistan/Pakistan.

  • http://www.myspace.com/_lovedaddy_ JohnnyMorales

    regardless of how much the USA and Israel might despise Assad, there is one point that overrides all else – he represents STABILITY.

    There has NOT been one single attack on Israel from Syria in over a decade. The conflict in Lebanon, the suspected nuclear site bombing were actions undertaken by Israel without military provocation or terrorist attacks. Israel may have had a dozen reasons to attack first, but being under attack was NEVER one of them.

    SOOO, it’s extremely UNLIKELY that Israel or the USA would like to see him overthrown, especially since some of the more radical elements in the Arab World have found long time homes there – and BEEN EFFECTIVELY CONTROLLED by Assad.

    Should he disappear in the wave of revolutions, Israel would have a figurative heart attack, for it would be no different than letting the cork out of the bottle of champaign, only instead of foam raining down on Israel they’d be fearing terror attacks from an Assad free Syria.

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