A demonstration led by the symbolic figure of Syria's revolution, Abdul Baset Sarout, has called for the extermination of Allawite and Shiite minority. While Sarout waves his fist in approval, the man shouts through a sound amplifier "Homs has made its mind, we want to exterminate Allawites ... Shiites". The clip has been aired by a French TV channel. Sarout and other symbols of Syria's revolution have made statements claiming that their movement is non sectarian.
Sarout, a goalkeeper in Syria's National football team, had become a popular figure in the city of Homs, where he has frequently led demonstrations against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, who belongs to the Allawite community.