You Don't Mess With Assad: Message Loud And Clear As He Strolls Down The Streets Of Homs [PHOTOS]

  @AmruthaGayathri on March 28 2012 6:21 AM
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    Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (C) speaks to soldiers during a tour in the Baba Amr neighbourhood of Homs in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA on March 27, 2012. Assad visited the rebel stronghold in the city of Homs that his forces had overrun after weeks of shelling and gunfire, apparently to make the point that he can now tour the streets of the once bitterly fought-over district. REUTERS/SANA/Handout
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    Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (L) shakes hands with a local supporter during a tour in the Baba Amr neighbourhood of Homs, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA on March 27, 2012. Assad visited the rebel stronghold in the city of Homs that his forces had overrun after weeks of shelling and gunfire, apparently to make the point that he can now tour the streets of the once bitterly fought-over district. REUTERS/SANA/Handout
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    Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (2nd L) meets soldiers during a tour in the Baba Amr neighbourhood of Homs in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA on March 27, 2012. Assad visited the rebel stronghold in the city of Homs that his forces had overrun after weeks of shelling and gunfire, apparently to make the point that he can now tour the streets of the once bitterly fought-over district. REUTERS/SANA/Handout
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    Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (C) meets local supporters during a tour in the Baba Amr neighbourhood of Homs, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA on March 27, 2012. Assad visited the rebel stronghold in the city of Homs that his forces had overrun after weeks of shelling and gunfire, apparently to make the point that he can now tour the streets of the once bitterly fought-over district. REUTERS/SANA/Handout
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    Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (C) walks during a tour in the Baba Amr neighbourhood of Homs,on March 27, 2012. Assad has agreed to withdraw forces from population centers and stop using heavy weapons early next week, according to Kofi Annan REUTERS/SANA/Handout
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad took to the streets of Baba Amr, a former Syrian rebel stronghold in the neighborhood of Homs, dressed casually in an open-necked shirt and blue suit.

Stopping to interact with soldiers and supporters, often smiling and exchanging pleasantries, Assad's rare visit seemingly made it impossible to believe that the same streets were devastated by months of violent fights and bloodshed, in an uprising aimed at overthrowing his government.

Syrian state-run television aired a video of the visit. Life will return to normal in Baba Amr, better than it was before, Assad was shown as saying to a group of people shouting support for him.

The Syrian opposition slammed Assad for appearing in Homs to show the world that he defeated the revolution.

He thinks he won and scored a great victory, opposition activist Saif Hurria told Reuters. He wants to show the world he defeated and put down a revolution. But ... it seems he can't even release the video until he has left Homs. That is not control.

UN envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, announced on Tuesday Syria's decision to accept his six-point proposal to put an end to the long-standing crisis. Despite the government accepting the peace call, which mandates immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of the troops, at least 15 people were killed on Tuesday in clashes between the military and rebel fighters. According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, nine of those killed were civilians.

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