"Fewer protesters killed, but more arrests"
Waleed Fares (not his real name) is a young activist from Homs who often films street protests.
Homs was one of the first cities to revolt against the government. We were out in the street on March 25, ten days after the first protest. In our city, more than 930 people have been killed – and that’s just the official number. There are people whose bodies have never been found.
What I’m noticing now is that security forces are no longer shooting at protesters in broad daylight. I think that’s because they know we are filming the repression and that footage will get out somehow. They are afraid of retaliation against soldiers identified in the videos.
However, there are a growing number of arrests, and protesters are increasingly dying in jail after being tortured. So the violence is still there, it’s just harder to see. But we will continue to fight.”
Demonstration in Homs, 14 September. Video posted on YouTube.