Iran hjelper regimet i Syria med å slå ned opposisjonen. I første rekke er det teknisk hjelp for å overvåke internett, tele og sosiale medier. Iranerne har lang erfaring.
So far, officials said, Iran has begun transferring to Damascus equipment to help security forces put down protests. This includes providing Syrian authorities with equipment, advice and technical know-how to help curtail and monitor internal communications, including the email and online postings that opposition groups commonly use to organize their protests and report security excesses, officials said. Some deliveries have been made and others are believed to be in the works, they said.
Iran is also sharing «lessons learned» from its 2009 crackdown on protesters who demanded the removal of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the officials said. «These guys know the best practice in this kind of situation—they’ve had lots of experience in this sphere,» a U.S. defense official said of the Iranians.
«The Syrians don’t want to see a Green Revolution in their country,» the defense official added, referring to the protest movement in Iran. «The Iranians are ready to help.»
Any aid to Mr. Assad could signal an escalation of sectarian proxy battles in the region, one the U.S. has sought to avert.
USA frykter at Iran kan komme til å intervenere og bruke de interne motsetningene i landene og spille på dem.
Uroen spredte seg torsdag til druserområder:
About 300 people marched and chanted «freedom, freedom» in the city of Sweida in Syria’s Druze heartland on Thursday, a witness said.
Security police and irregular loyalists of President Bashar al-Assad used sticks to disperse the protesters, the witness told Reuters.
The protest was the first reported in the Druze region of Syria since unprecedented demonstrations against Assad’s authoritarian rule started in the city of Deraa almost one month ago and spread elsewhere.
The demonstrators also chanted «We sacrifice our blood and our soul for you martyrs,» a reference to dozens of people killed by security forces in Deraa and other Syrian cities.
They had assembled at a square named after Sultan Pasha al-Atrash, a revered Druze figure who led the Great Syrian Revolt against French rule from 1925 to 1927.
Sweida and Deraa, a Sunni city, are situated in the same Hauran Plain, an agricultural region south of Damascus.
Universitetsstudenter i Aleppo hadde sammenstøt med politiet onsdag, og tusenvis av kvinner sperret et stykke av kystveien i nord og forlangte at arresterte løslates. Det viser at mot som ikke er vanlig.
Protests for greater freedoms spread Wednesday to Aleppo, Syria’s second city, where hundreds of university students clashed with police and a smaller protest took place in the capital, rights activists told AFP by telephone.
Meanwhile, thousands of women blocked a stretch of a main coastal road in the north of the country demanding authorities release hundreds of people arrested during a crackdown on the flashpoint towns of Banias and Baida, London-based rights activist Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.
And the authorities paraded three suspects on state television, who admitted being members of an «armed terrorist gang, saying they received money and weapons from abroad to fuel unrest in Syria.»
In particular, the suspects said they had received arms and weapons from neighbouring Lebanon. A Lebanese MP named by one suspect denied any involvement.
One of them, Anas al-Kanj, was heard saying he was told «to incite people to protest, particularly outside the Ommayad Mosque in Damascus» and in the flashpoint protest towns of Daraa, Latakia and Banias.
The latest protests come after a deadly weekend of confrontations between security forces and growing protests, during which 30 civilians were killed, according to rights activists.