Last week, a video showing soldiers humiliating prisoners in a village in northern Syria was broadcast on a continuous loop on television channels around the world. The Syrian government declared the video a fake, claiming that it was actually made in Iraq. Opposition activists decided to go to the village to confirm the veracity of the video.
is such in Syria that there exist very few professional photos or videos of the current popular uprising. International channels and independent Syrian media have relied on amateur images
to show the extent of the repression against opposition demonstrators. The state media limits itself to relaying the official view, which claims that the protestors are rioters, hoodlums, or Salafists
, and tends to lapse into conspiracy theories.
Controversy has recently focused on a video which is thought to have been filmed on April 12th, when soldiers and armed militias entered the village of Baida, seven kilometres from the north-western city of Banias. The video shows the military humiliating prisoners and knocking them to the ground. Notably, the victims are being forced to chant slogans in favour of the regime.
Syrian television channels questioned the authenticity of the video, claiming that it was filmed in Iraq
In response, two Syrian Web users went to film the place where this event took place (video below).