Government troops launched brutal attacks on several towns and cities across Syria last weekend.
More than 1,000 troops attacked Abu Kamal to the east, backed up by tanks and helicopters. But there have also been significant mutinies in the army. Over 100 soldiers joined the protesters in Abu Kamal over the weekend.
Other defections have taken place across the country as soldiers have been forced to fire on protesters. One defecting soldier said that he was ordered to shoot people watching protests from their balconies.
The brutality of the regime should not to be underestimated, but still the protests continue to grow and spread. Thousands protested in Homs, Hama and elsewhere this week.
The sham talks with those who were prepared to engage with president Assad’s regime have broken down due to deep divisions. The majority of people are vowing to stay on the streets.