*AFP Arabic reports at least 16 Syrians were believed killed as the army pushed into new villages in northwest Syria, close to the Turkish border. "The soldiers deployed in the villages and began raids," said Ramy Abdel Rahman, the head of the Syrian-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Abdel Rahman said the government conducted a fresh round of opposition arrests on Wednesday, targeting members of the Socialist Union Party in Aleppo and the Kurdish Future Movement in the northeast.
*The British government called in the Syrian ambassador to the UK, Samy Khiyami, after credible reports emerged of the Syrian government threatening dissidents living in Britain. The British government is concerned that embassy employees are using "methods of intimidation" against Syrian exiles in the UK.
*A video posted to YouTube called "We need you" is a dramatic recruitment ad to call on Syrians to help overthrow the Assad regime. "God's will was written and the many obstacles were overcome," the stark white writing reads against a black background. "The first obstacle: It was said the people would not stand up because they only know submission. But a group of heroes surprised the whole world and stood up." In between the sentences, the editors cut in graphic footages of protesters being beaten and shot along with massive crowds chanting that the government should fall. At 2:36 into the video, crowds pull down from its plinth a statue of Hafez al-Assad, Bashar's father who ruled Syria for nearly 30 years, longer than any other leader for more than a millennium. "We will not submit – that time is over," the writing reads. "No fear after today. The Syrian people are one," it says.
SYRIAN LAST CHANCES
*@SyriaParliament says, "Syrians: If this gang of thugs rules Syria, they'll come back more corrupt and more criminal than before, and the security services will be even harsher. This is your last chance."
EGYPTIAN DEJA VU
*Al Hayat reports that 590 people were injured during clashes between security forces and protesters in Tahrir Square. Protesters are demanding the ruling military leadership accelerate prosecutions of police and security officers accused of brutality.
*Thamer bin Hamad from Kuwait tweets, "Hezbollah will become a spider without legs if the bloody Syrian Baath Party falls."
A court in Spain usurps custody of the one-year-old boy living with his mother in the "deep" part of the Galicia region, forced to instead live with his father in the southern city of Marbella, which the judge says is "cosmopolitan" with good schools and medical care. Women's rights groups have taken up the mother's case.
A Spanish court has ordered the withdrawal of a mother's custody of her one-year-old boy because she is living in the countryside in northwestern Spain, where the judge says the child won't have "opportunities for the proper development of his personality."
The case, reported Monday in La Voz de Galicia, has sparked outrage from a women's rights association but has also set off reactions from politicians of different stripes across the province of Galicia, defending the values of rural life.
Judge María Belén Ureña Carazo, of the family court of Marbella, a city on the southern coast of 141,000 people, has ordered the toddler to stay with father who lives in the city rather than with his mother because she was living in "deep Galicia" where the child would lack opportunities to "grow up in a happy environment."
Front page of La Voz de Galicia - October 25, 2021
Front page of La Voz de Galicia - Monday 25 October, 2021
Better in a "cosmopolitan" city?
The judge said Marbella, where the father lives, was a "cosmopolitan city" with "a good hospital" as well as "all kinds of schools" and thus provided a better environment for the child to thrive.
The mother has submitted a formal complaint to the General Council of the Judiciary that the family court magistrate had acted with "absolute contempt," her lawyer told La Voz de Galicia.
The mother quickly accumulated support from local politicians and civic organizations. The Clara Campoamor association described the judge's arguments as offensive, intolerable and typical of "an ignorant person who has not traveled much."
The Xunta de Galicia, the regional government, has addressed the case, saying that any place in Galicia meets the conditions to educate a minor. The Socialist party politician Pablo Arangüena tweeted that "it would not hurt part of the judiciary to spend a summer in Galicia."
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