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March for Freedom
Anti-government protesters holding banners as they march during a demonstration in Homs.
Photo Credit: AFP
Life In A Dictatorship Sue Lloyd-Roberts, of BBC Newsnight, displays extraordinary courage and sneaks into Homs, Syria to record the cruel military assault on protesters and civilians, including young and old. Homs is the center of the resistance that demands political and economic reform. The media is banned from Syria, under the threat of imprisonment or even death, to conceal the nationwide massacre. Bashar al-Assad, the savage dictator and brutal mass-murderer of Syria, has violently suppressed any dissent across the country since the uprising began in January 2011. Regardless of the daily death that is before them, the Syrian people continue protesting with both an inspirational and a daring show of determination and resolve. The video documents the hell on earth created by Assad and the tenacity of the Syrian spirit.
Inside Homs, Besieged Centre of Syrian Resistance (BBC) Homs was one of the first cities to join the Syrian anti-government uprising when in March thousands gathered in the main square to call for the lifting of the government's emergency laws and a genuine democracy. Since then it has been besieged by President Bashar al-Assad's armed forces and seen almost daily attacks. The city has earned the unofficial title of the "Capital of the Syrian Revolution" but at a heavy price - almost half of the killings of civilians since the uprising began, estimated to be at least 3,000, have happened there.