Robin Yassin-Kassab

A Big Lie

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A Syrian in Banyas addresses accusations that the uprising is Salafi-led.

Written by Robin Yassin-Kassab

April 29, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Posted in Syria

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  1. Dear Robin,

    I find moral comfort reading your blog. thanks.

    This young man however is now in danger. I am copying from al jazeera live blog 30th of april.

    The young Syrian protestor Rami from Baniyas, who appeared Tuesday on a YouTube video and on Al Jazeera addressing the international community and calling the regime’s claims that salafis were behind the uprising as lies has received death threats.

    “Rami has received death threats against himself, his family, and his friends since he appeared in the film,” said a close friend of Rami’s who did not wish to give his name.

    Anonymous callers have called Rami on his mobile, his home number and work number since he appeared on the video, he said. “They call him a traitor and say they will kill him for spreading false information about the country.

    A Facebook page has been set up by a group calling itself the Banyas News Network where more than 30 people have left abusive messages against Rami, some even threatening his life.

    A comment from Samer Ahmed reads: “Kill that low traitor.” Another by Fadi Ekech reads: “Shall we give him what he deserves??? Can we???” And, chillingly, Lama Omran writes: “Those who knows his name should write it immediately so he can join the list of dog traitors whose destiny is execution.”

    Rami appeared on a YouTube film speaking in English to a phone camera on a street as a crowd of protestors marched by him. He directly countered the regime’s claims that protesters are Islamic extremists, saying: “In the last days we make demonstrations to claim our rights, our justice, our freedom, and they say we are Salafi, we are Qaida, and we are terrorists. I say: It’s a big lie.”

    His friend told Al Jazeera that Rami is not afraid, but is worried for his mother who has diabetes and high blood pressure. “We don’t know what to do now,” his friend said.


    May 1, 2011 at 10:43 am

    • I hope with all my heart that he and his family survived. Please let us know if you have any news. Thank you.


      July 13, 2012 at 9:39 pm

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