Syrian security forces opened fire on a demonstration on Friday in the coastal city of Latakia – the heartland of the ruling elite – wounding at least five people as thousands took to the streets in several places across the country, witnesses said.
President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has stepped up its deadly crackdown on protesters in recent days by unleashing the army along with snipers and tanks. On Friday protesters came out in their thousands, defying the crackdown and using it as a rallying cry.
A witness in Latakia said about 1,000 people turned out for an anti-government rally when plainclothes security agents with automatic rifles opened fire. He said he saw at least five people wounded. Like many witnesses contacted by the Associated Press, he asked that his name not be used for fear of reprisal.
Other demonstrations were reported in Banias and in the north-eastern city of Qamishli.
The government had warned against holding any demonstrations on Friday. Syrian state television said the interior ministry had not approved any “march, demonstration or sit-ins” and that such rallies sought only to harm Syria’s security and stability.
(READ MORE: http://indesirable.tumblr.com/post/5043795837)
Breaking from The Cab Day to bring you this bit of insanity in the world. Thoughts and prayers sent out, of course.
Deleon- The first time I met you I got a little emotional and told you that Whisper War had helped me through a lot. I thanked you for writing something real. You gave me a hug and said “no honey, thank you for listening.” It struck me as incredibly decent of you to be sympathetic and sweet to a girl you didn’t even know, especially when you get ten kids a night saying the same things. It happened again at Warped tour, when I handed you a letter and you tweeted me back. Thank you for all the kindness. I admire you so much.
Marshall-I’m never going to get over what a great musician you are. My heart always swells seeing you at the piano; partially because I attempted piano and I know it’s not easy. You have one of the most creative minds and I love hearing what it makes. Also, you give really, really nice hugs. Thank you for inspiring me musically.
Johnson-To be honest, I have interacted with you the least. That of course doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate you just as much. I wouldn’t be the same without The Cab, and you’ve been an integral piece of the band since the beginning. Hey, if not for you kicking Alex out of your first band, the Cab may not have formed. So thank you for sticking with this project.
Ian, Cash, Bryan, Joey, and Charles- You’re all a part of this band, even those of you who have moved on. You’ve all brought something to the Cab and I think that without all of you they wouldn’t be the same band. Ian- Thank you for waiting on your Dippin’ Dots to talk to me. It meant a lot. Joey- You’re simply wonderful. Thank you for everything.
Thank you all for creating something beautiful and being wise beyond your years.
Okay, so now we know the President is a US citizen. Can we please go back to fixing the economy, giving gays equal rights, and maintaining a good relationship with the rest of the world? Maybe we could also try to lower our debt?
(Seriously, I don’t even really -support- President Obama, but I’m smart enough to not question his birth certificate. I mean really. Whether you like the guy or not, you’ve got to be reasonable.)
It is with sadness that we would like to announce that May 7th will be Devin’s last show with VersaEmerge. There are absolutely no hard feelings and we 100 percent support his decision to leave and be with his wife and newborn baby. If you plan on coming out to see us on the remaining dates of the Alternative Press tour please say hello to Devin and give him a fond farewell.
VersaEmerge will continue on and as strong as ever. We are excited to head to the UK and Europe next month for our first headline tour overseas and to begin writing new songs this summer. We cannot wait to see everyone!
-Blake and Sierra
Here is a special message from Devin…
Four years and many memories later, it has finally come time for me to throw in my tour towel. Recently I married the love of my life and witnessed the birth of my son and find it harder and harder to leave the two most amazing things in my life. As a band we have accomplished so many things together and in no way will I regret how far we have grown as a band. With that being said, I encourage each and every one of you to continue to support Blake and Sierra through the rest of their musical endeavors as VersaEmerge. Despite me leaving I know deep in my heart that Versa will continue to translate their perspective on life and transcribe it into the amazing sounds you know and latch on to. Thank you all for all the support, love, and on going excitement you have shown the band and I through all the things that tried to bring us down. And as for me.. I will continue to pursue being the best husband and father and the rest will fall into place. God Bless!
We’ll miss you so much. Good luck <3 I’m glad I got to see you play with them one last time…