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16 March 2011
 
Syria: Protests Show A Crack In The Concrete Of Government Control
 
In 2007 Bashar Assad ran for Syria’s highest political position,
winning another 7 years as the nation’s President.  There was no
surprise, he was the only candidate.
 
His support was astounding!  Yet reports emerged from Syria that
students were being told that if they boycotted the referendum they
would not receive their final grades. 
 
Others were intimidated during the vote by security forces, while
basic electoral procedures were ignored, including officials not
requesting proper identification.
 
As the civil war rages in Libya, Bahrain slips into a state of
chaos, with today a state of emergency being declared to quell
protesters, it seems that a crack in the concrete of civil control is
being seen in what is known as one of the most repressive states in the
Middle East, Syria.
 
It was yesterday after midday prayer is the Islamic nation that a group of 40 or so protesters took to the streets. 
 
In a video released by one of the protesters, the crowd calls for
the overthrow of the Syrian Ba’ath Party, who have been in government
for the past 48 years.  
 
It was a high risk strategy for the dissidents.  For years it’s
been documented that opposition figures have been jailed, sometimes
tortured.
 
In 2007 Michel Kilo and Mahmoud Issa

were jailed for signing a petition, calling for reforms within Syria. 

 
In 2010 the Human Rights Watch classed the Syrian Government as one
of the most repressive in the world, having a record of jailing any
opposition figures, repressing the Kurdish minority and silencing
lawyers.
 
The small voice that emerged from the 40 protesters was quickly silenced by Government supporters who disbanded the group.

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References:

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/03/20113151834383782.html

http://syriamonitor.typepad.com/news/2007/05/some_reactions_.html

http://syriamonitor.typepad.com/news/opposition_in_syria/

 
 
 
 
 

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