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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Syria fakes own support rally

The Syrian regime is in big trouble, so it needs to show that it is supported at home. How? By faking its own support demonstrations. The mass demonstrations in Syria were a concerted attempt to drum up support for Assad amid heightening international pressure. "Mr. Mehlis: we are not murderers," read one banner. "Syria will never be another Iraq'," said another in central Damascus' Sabe Bahrat Square, where the crowd chanted: "With our soul and our blood, we redeem you, Bashar!" Many demonstrators waved large posters of the Syrian president and his father, the late President Hafez Assad. The government gave students a one-day holiday and encouraged civil servants to take part in the rallies, which were organized by state-run labor unions. Police diverted traffic to make way for the protesters. Nice, no?


At 10/25/2005 01:57:00 AM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

Syria's dictators are in deep shit and a fake demonstration will not be enough to save their asses.

At 10/25/2005 03:49:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The demonstration was silly & useless & lacked what lebanese demonstrations had.
Is Syria serious in solving her own problems?

At 10/25/2005 07:37:00 AM, Anonymous Joanne said...

But I think that that's how most totalitarian or near-totalitarian societies work. Look at the demonstrations in the China during the Cultural Revolution or the demonstrations in the old Soviet bloc. Do you think these were spontaneous outpourings of the public will?

At 10/25/2005 09:01:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One word....desparate. LOL on the "Syria will never be another Iraq" I don't think you are the one who gets to choose. Assad is skating on thin ice and France won't be able to save them either.

At 10/25/2005 08:26:00 PM, Blogger Ron Larson said...

Gotta admire that "rent-a-crowd" that Syria has their disposal.


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