Occupy Movement to Homs Syria as Human Shields??

Occupy to Homs Syria as Human Shields??

** BREAKING NEWS ** Reports are trickling in that a splinter group of the #Occupy Wall Street movement is either on its way or already in Homs Syria to act as a “non-violent” human shield to protect the city from the deadly onslaught of the Assad regime.

Despite a U.S. Department of State warning against travel to Syria this group reportedly has “facilitators” on the ground in Homs. A State Department source, not authorized to speak on the matter, strongly recommended any American citizens traveling to Syria enroll their stay in Syria through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.travel.state.gov, and provide their current contact information and next-of-kin information.

A New York City based spokesperson for Occupy Homs ( #occupyhoms ), Gabby Haze, states that the decision to go to Syria arose from an “energetic” Occupy General Assembly in lower Manhattan this past week. Haze states that at least 75 Occupiers from the New York City region have volunteered to join the Occupy Homs movement. She further says that social media publicity for the Syrian “intervention” has increased the actual number going to Syria at least tenfold. The Occupy Homs site says “The Syrian people have demonstrated their hunger for a change in the way their country is governed. They are no longer willing to remain quiet about the rampant corruption, brutality, and ineptitude of the corporate-like Assad click [sic] that has hijacked the Syrian state and transformed it into an instrument whose sole purpose is to retain power in the hands of the Syrian elite 1%. The Occupy movement stands with the people of Syria, the 99%.” The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has estimated over 3,500 Syrians have been killed since the anti-Assad protests began. Haze added that “Since we are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends we believe it is only right that we should return to Occupy’s roots in the Arab homeland and assist the good people of Syria.” Asked whether the Occupiers going to Syria felt they are in any physical danger, Haze stated they did not. “We know that Assad is well aware of our resolve and of the change we have brought to the United States and the world. We know that he will meet with us in the interest of humanity and that we will be able to bring a non-violent resolution to the good people of Homs and the Syrian people in general.” When asked if OccupyHoms had any concerns about anarchists infiltrators ruining the good intentions of the human shield, Haze said “Our anarchist friends have decided not to join this phase of Occupy because there are no American corporations present in Homs.”

The White House, State Department and Syrian Embassy did not respond to requests for comment.

We have previously reported on the Occupy Movement here 1st report, here 2nd report and here 3rd report.

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