A few days ago, al-Assad made a statement to all his ministers and others in high up positions who believed themselves to be above the law.
“Every official who walks the streets in a parade with bodyguards is a coward with an inferiority complex. Every official’s son who blocks streets with his car and his bodyguards’ cars is a psychopath and his father will be held responsible, and I will personally study any complaints about this. It is totally unacceptable for anyone to act like an authority in the street because he stood with the army, and it will be punished, because those who protect the homeland on the fronts, will protect it from inside too. Personally, when I drove my car prewar and post war, I stopped at red traffic lights.”
Many people were skeptical and unsure weather al-Assad was serious about enforcing these rules. He proved all the skeptics to be wrong, because late last night & this morning, Assad’s warning to the ministers was enforced on the streets of Damas sending the capital in shock.
The first order of business was to stop 10 cars traveling with no license plates & darkened windows and to arrest all the drivers. All 10 cars belonged to Army officers. The orders by Assad was to make arrests regardless of seniority or positions.
Later, Police stopped the Prime Minister’s son and The of Head of Intelligence’s son just as Assad warned about family members earlier.
Most interesting & telling part of this development is that it was the simple traffic Police who were making those arrests on direct authority by Assad
Things have also turned around in Aleppo with the arrival of Major General Deeb Zeitoun, who is overseeing officials and their conduct in the city.