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Testimonies from the Voices the Syrian State is Trying to Silence

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As thousands of Syrian refugees now pour into Turkey, fleeing from Syrian regime guns, tanks and helicopters, foreign journalists, who have been largely barred from Syria except when Assad's government wants to hold a propaganda skit, are now getting to interview civilians as well as deserting soldiers who have turned against the Syrian army's depredations in disgust, depredations reframed by the Libyan state media as battling "armed criminal gangs". Following are several videos with interviews, as well as one amateur video, I presume but can't confirm, shot inside Syria:

Several from al Jazeera :

This one has allegations that Iranian personnel are involved in the repression:



YouTube footage of Syrian women :


From Democracy Now! :

Rush Transcript of the above Democracy Now! segment on Syria, June 13, 2011:

AMY GOODMAN: The Syrian army has taken control of the northern town of Jisr al-Shughour following what state media has described as heavy fighting. State television reported Sunday that the army was fighting, quote, "armed groups." But residents and activists have countered this claim. They say many in the army are defecting, and the military has been fighting mutinous soldiers defending the town.

The government operation forced many more refugees across the border. The U.N. refugee agency said Sunday that more than 5,000 refugees from Syria had crossed into Turkey.

METIN CORABATIR: The latest figure UNHCR received from the border area is 5,051 persons who fleed from Syria because of the violence and persecution in this country.

AMY GOODMAN: On Friday, about a hundred protesters gathered outside U.N. headquarters in New York urging the organization to take action against the Syrian regime.

ASSAD AREF: It has gotten to a point that killing is daily in Syria. And we are here to tell the United Nations enough is enough. They have to condemn the Syrian regime.

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