Syrians walk past graffiti reading in Arabic: "the people are starving" sprayed by opposition fighters in old city of Homs, on May 12, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID)
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The writing is on the walls of Homs, telling the story of the siege of this central Syrian city once dubbed the "capital of the revolution" against President Bashar Assad.In the devastated formerly opposition-held Old City, graffiti scrawled by rebels adorns gutted storefronts and walls riddled with bullets. For two years, Assad's regime forces bombarded insurgents holed up inside the city before the siege was finally lifted at the beginning of May. In the early days of the protests that became an uprising, the revolutionary spirit dominated, with demonstrators chanting anti-regime slogans before Assad's security forces launched a bloody crackdown on dissent.Other slogans take the leaders of rebel groups to task, accusing them of preventing civilians from getting out of the areas under siege or even of hoarding whatever rations there were for themselves.
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