CS’s Damascus correspondent writes:
I was playing football on campus > at the university and on the way out we passed a demonstration of > maybe 1000 with a 1000 more round the edges of the main square on > campus. I was surprised at the vibrant student activism movement - > organising flags and banners as well as a tannoy. Not something you'd > expect in Syria. > But when we tried to leave campus, a line of plain clothes police were > stopping everyone, telling them to go back and join the protest. The > buildings were being emptied and people directed to the square to join > in. This was no spontaneous expression of rage but a stunt for the > papers tomorrow morning. > My British friend Muhammed whipped out the confused foreigner card and > we managed to get out. But it reminded me of the reality of the > situation here in Syria.
Contrast this with the Syrian state media report:
‘Students of Damascus University staged on Tuesday a sit-in in Damascus University’s campus to condemn the savage crime committed by Israel against the Freedom Flotilla and to show support for the besieged Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.’