Earlier today the collective hacker group called “Anonymous” broke into a Syrian Ministry of Defense Website and displayed a message of support to the Syrian people’s revolt against the rule of Bashar al-Asad.
Anonymous applauded the Syrian people’s non-violent resistance, and called for the Syrian army to refuse orders to target its own people. The message placed on the web page called for the Syrian people to continue in their resistance until Bashar al-Asad is overthrown, and said:
“To the Syrian people: The world stands with you against the brutal regime of Bashar Al-Assad. Know that time and history are on your side – tyrants use violence because they have nothing else, and the more violent they are, the more fragile they become.
We salute your determination to be non-violent in the face of the regime’s brutality, and admire your willingness to pursue justice, not mere revenge. All tyrants will fall, and thanks to your bravery Bashar Al-Assad is next.”
The posting also contained a message addressed to the Syrian military, which has been shown violently cracking down on anti-government protesters in many videos placed on the internet. Anonymous wrote
“To the Syrian military: You are responsible for protecting the Syrian people, and anyone who orders you to kill women, children, and the elderly deserves to be tried for treason. No outside enemy could do as much damage to Syria as Bashar Al-Assad has done. Defend your country – rise up against the regime!”
Gulf News also reported that Anonymous apasted Youtube videos of violent Syrian military crackdowns against civilians all over the Syrian MOD web page. The Syrian MOD website was reportedly down hours after Anonymous hacked the system.
The Anonymous ‘hactivism’ effort came shortly after reports that Syrian government forces had fired on and killed 50 civilians.
The violence has gotten so bad that today, Kuwait recalled its ambassador to Syria — a move shadowing the earlier recall of the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Syria.