Syria. Testimony of one of the first deserters of the Syrian army In French."The crowd of protesters was stirred and officers positioned immediately behind us - we were all conscripts - gave us the order to fire. I refused to do so. I loaded my gun. I turned to the officer positioned behind me and I threatened to screen bullets. Thirty other soldiers were like me. The officers took fright and explained that they had nothing to do. They also do not want to shoot their own people. We lowered our weapons."