Thousands have taken to the streets of the Syrian capital Damascus to support the country's embattled leader Bashar al-Assad. The demonstration comes on the year anniversary of the anti-Assad uprising that has left scores dead and injured.
The pro-Assad rally is taking place under the slogan of protesting a 'one-year conspiracy' to overthrow the regime. The opposition said that Assad has forced people to attend the Damascus demonstration in order to overshadow the opposition rallies marking the beginning of the popular uprising in Syria a year ago, AP reports.
Video footage, however, shows people of different ages, including children, dancing and waving Syrian flags. Others had the national flag painted on their faces.
With opposition rallies planned all over Syria and abroad, local activists report the increased presence of the Syrian army in opposition strongholds.
The Popular uprising in Syria against the current regime started in mid-March last year. According to the UN, 7,500 people have been killed in the conflict.
While western states urge President Assad to leave his post, he claims the foreign-directed opposition is filled with terrorists and gangsters seeking to destroy Syria.
Political analyst Christoph Horstel, who was at the rally in Damascus, told RT that those who are still choosing violence over dialogue aren't really interested in a Syrian democracy.
"It is very clear that anybody who is now picking up arms against this government, which obviously has indulged in honest reform and election, these people are not serious about constructive internal dialogue in Syria, that is quite clear. They are not part of a process, they are just killers", Horstel said.
'Opposition losing supporters'
There are many circumstances serving to increase Assad's popularity while weakening the opposition, says Middle East expert Ali Rizk. He believes there is no choice for Assad's international opponents but to resort to some kind of political solution to the crisis.
"Because of the procedures, because of the practices which some of the opposition resorted to, they have lost a lot of their supporters," Rizk said. "When you see Syrian opposition figures speaking about for example cutting off ties, or decreasing their ties with Iran, cutting Syria off what we refer to as 'a resistance axis,' I think all that does, it gives more popularity to the Syrian regime."
"The Syrian people are known to be people who very much support the anti-Israeli approach, a political stance which Assad has used," he added. "And I think that is the main source of his popularity."
Assad still has enough support not only in Damascus but in the rest of the country as well, and that will allow him to stay in power, at least for some time, political analyst Ahmed Badawi told RT.
"Assad seems to still have considerable support everywhere, except of course in the places that have come under heavy fire from his military," he said. "The whole legitimacy question of course is a big dilemma for the regime, but it seems so far that the regime has managed to keep a lot of its legitimacy intact."
Michel Chossudovsky, director of the Centre for Research on Globalization, believes that members of the Free Syrian Army are being trained by special forces from NATO countries .
"MI6 and CIA operatives are there," he stated during an interview with RT. "This is from their own sources, incidentally, it's not hearsay, it is actual fact. British special forces have met up with members of the Free Syrian Army and they are training members of the Free Syrian Army from a base in Turkey. British MI6 operatives have reportedly been training the rebels in urban warfare."
Originally broadcast on RT, March 15, 2012
Barry Soetoro CIA / CFR operative who has usurped the office of the POTUS groomed by FR Gregory Galluzzo, SJ through the Ford Foundation, and at Columbia University in New York in 1981 was recruited by Zbigniew Brzezinski. (a Polish Roman Catholic, Knight of Malta, devotee to the Pope, Trilaterist, Bilderberger) who was the one who mentored Pol Pot, the mass murderer in Cambodia, and this same Zbigniew Brzezinski then recommended to Soetoro to rename to Barack Hussein Obama. WAR CRIMES FOLKS!!!
are you telling me that the crackdown where the Assad regime which killed thousands upon thousands of syrians was a legitimate response. That the thousands of people who marched in protest against the baathist regime did so because they are traitors??? The retard, assad did need to do this, the people in the beginning just wanted an end to the state of emergency and then he unleashed this war on them in response.
Fort Hood shooter is a single, my concern is how an Empire and dominions are conquered and maintened, Romans had the habit to force child of ruling families in conquered countries to be raised in Rome, becoming than Romans before came back their countries, Divide and Conquer was the way to make fight tribes in a country, each against the other, to advantage Rome So those French's Muslim of arab mother toungue, 2 milions at now, can be see like an asset to conquer Middle East
French has a vast arab muslim community, many of them joined the service, among those would have been chosen the ones for intelligence and covered operations.
Those yet trained people would have been the frame, who train the ones recruited in the mosque. About mosquees seems that the call to fight come from their speakers, so for example is reported about the battle of Tripoli in August, and from video from Syria, the gathering of crowds partly armed mob
No!... this is not a bull ---- ... Syrian Army cannot do that.... we need some kind of intervenction in Syria, some help to the population... some Arms..... Syrian Army belongs to Assad if i not wrong.... we must arm the oposition to Bashar all Assad
From february I heard rumors of French military helping on ground, after battle of Homs there is the Syrian television claim of French prisoners, what is surprising is not only the absence of French's reply but the total absolut lack of speaking about on French media, I believe the most clear evidence of censorship is when nobody speak because also an answer would mean reveal the existence of a question
Clearly a paid rally...all these guys had orders and get paid or threatened to be there screaming for Assad when in their hearts they want to be against Assad... fake..... fause thing.... it is a matter of time... Assad will drop and will be killed by the mob
Assad had the opportunity to run away, to scape...his arrogance made him to stay.... his stuff may be filtering information[ and he may not know how terrible is the situation.... it is now too late...for sure he gonna die
All them paid by Assad government...the same Kadafi did and now a days he is dead..... intervention will happens and Syria people will have Assad to be roasted in a public barbecue grille and his body will be offered to dogs to eat
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