Syria Video: A Different Type Of Street Battle Breaks Out In Da’el

[Originally posted on 2 July, without the English translation]

In Da’el, north of Daraa, a different type of battle breaks out in a local street on Tuesday. The dispute over seats gets heated up fast but luckily, one of the residents has a Western-supplied gun and he is able to calm things down.

Translation via a contributor to the Something Awful Forums:

[Military uniformed man in back of pickup truck yelling]

“We’ve got seats! Seats in the Alliance, chairs in the Parliament, in local government, in the provincial council!”

[Group of other men pile around the car, asking about the chairs]

Military man: Oh, peace be upon you.
Mob: And also with you. Seats! What do you have?
Military man: By god, we have seats in the Alliance, in the Parliament, in local government, and the provincial council.
Mob: How much are the seats?
Military man: Well, this seat [Alliance] is 2,000 lira, this one [Parliament] is 1,250, this one [local government] is 1,750, and this one [provincial council] is 250.
Mob: But what, how much did you pay for these seats? The prices for these seats are high.
Military man: Eh, well, we paid for this this seat [Alliance]… about 100,000 martyrs. And this Parliament one, we paid 50,000 martyrs, and this one was about… 50,000 martyrs. And this one 1,500 martyrs.
Mob: Oh!! Well… what about for all of them then!!
Military man: Wh… wh.. for the Alliance one brother?

[Chaos ensues as the mob all grabs chairs and runs off, firing weapons etc.]

[Suit charges in, waving bag of bread — offers to provide bread for seats; mob member demands weapons instead]

[Bread suit wins over, they reluctantly return seats to the truck]

[An argument then ensues between the mob offering the military man weapons for seats, and the suit, offering bread for seats]

[The military man objects that he paid in blood for the seats, so he cannot give them away lightly; some mob members offer to pay in martyrs for seats]

Military man, suit, and mob member turn to the camera at 2:14, and plead with the people outside of Syria not to waste their efforts by trading in seats, and trading away their freedom.

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Joanna Paraszczuk is EA WorldView's Managing Editor. An Israeli journalist, she covered Iran and the Arab World for The Jerusalem Post. Previously, she lived and worked in Russia and Ukraine. Joanna speaks fluent Hebrew and Russian and reads Persian and Arabic.


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