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?