The Hama Massacre: 30 Years Later

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Syria, YouTube An image taken from YouTube on January 28, 2012 shows armed men, said to be members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), standing guard during an anti-regime protest in the central town of Rastan. (AFP/Getty)

Back in February 1982, then-Syrian President Hafez al-Assad unleashed his troops on the city of Hama in an attempt to wipe out the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters. The Massacre lasted for a month and tens of thousands of Syrians lost their lives. Now the Syrian people are rising against the current president Bashar al-Assad in hopes of ending a 40-year dictatorship of the Assad family.

Tim Whewell is a correspondent for the BBC who recently returned from assignment in Syria. Abdelghani Sibahi was a member of the Syrian Special Forces during the Hama Massacre. Now living in the US, he actively speaks out against the Assad regime.



Abdelghani Sibahi and Tim Whewell

Produced by:

Joseph Capriglione

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