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‘The Arab world will be emptied of its dictators’

Is Syria the next target of anti-government protesters?


 

Despite President Bashara al-Assad’s talk of reforms, analysts predict that pro-democracy protests in the Arab world may soon spread to Syria. This week, a Facebook group with 8,000 followers has called for a peaceful “2011 Syrian revolution” to end the country’s “monocracy, corruption and tyranny.” “No Arab country is immune. These unprecedented opposition movements have demands. They feel aggrieved by absolute power and lack of democracy,” said Riad Qahwaji of the Institute for the Near East and Gulf Military Analysis. The revolts in Tunisia and Egypt brought about a “violent upheaval that will shake up everything, and Syria is not immune to it,” said Burhan Ghalioun, director of the Centre for Contemporary Oriental Studies at the Sorbonne in Paris. Syria has been under the control of the Baath party since 1963, when it passed an emergency law banning all opposition groups. Earlier this week, Assad told the Wall Street Journal that Syria is stable and that he plans certain reforms. He also said that leaders across the region should “upgrade” in order to meet the demands of their populations.

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‘The Arab world will be emptied of its dictators’

  1. As a Syrian, I can say with certainty that Mr. Ghalioun has a wild imagination, and his statements are far from professional. Most of the people in those Facebook groups are not even Syrian; I have seen it for myself, and their are media reports to back up this claim. They are mostly made up of some Arabs from countries that are not Syria, as well as ignorant, armchair activists with 'Revolution Fever.' If there really was a corrupt revolution coming to Syria, those Facebook groups would not need to recruit and rely on people who are not Syrian to protest an internal Syrian matter. There may be a small demonstration in Syria by the very small following those Facebook groups have in the country, but you will see counter demonstrations by the masses in support of the Syrian president. The fact is, Syria and its government is nothing like the other Arab countries and their governments. In Syria, Syrians actually support their government and president, and I am just one of those 22,000,000 people. Please refrain from libeling my country in the future.

  2. As a Syrian, I can say with certainty that Mr. Ghalioun has a wild imagination, and his statements are far from professional. Most of the people in those Facebook groups are not even Syrian; I have seen it for myself, and their are media reports to back up this claim. They are mostly made up of some Arabs from countries that are not Syria, as well as ignorant, armchair activists with 'Revolution Fever.' If there really was a corrupt revolution coming to Syria, those Facebook groups would not need to recruit and rely on people who are not Syrian to protest an internal Syrian matter. There may be a small demonstration in Syria by the very small following those Facebook groups have in the country, but you will see counter demonstrations by the masses in support of the Syrian president. The fact is, Syria and its government is nothing like the other Arab countries and their governments. In Syria, Syrians actually support their government and president, and I am just one of those 22,000,000 people. Please refrain from libeling my country in the future.

  3. I am glad to see that those nations are finally waking up and taking the necessary steps to end monocracy, corruption and tyranny.

  4. I am glad to see that those nations are finally waking up and taking the necessary steps to end monocracy, corruption and tyranny.

  5. …and replaced by other tyrants.

  6. …and replaced by other tyrants.

  7. Syrians are rising but Assad is in denial and so are his supporters like "Syrian" above. How long do you think people can be oppressed, stripped of their dignity, impoverished, and tortured before they stand-up? Check this video of a 15-yr old being tortured by Syrian security agents. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fd09tVy18sk&NR

  8. Syrians are rising but Assad is in denial and so are his supporters like "Syrian" above. How long do you think people can be oppressed, stripped of their dignity, impoverished, and tortured before they stand-up? Check this video of a 15-yr old being tortured by Syrian security agents. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fd09tVy18sk&NR

  9. Middle East can not survive without dictators

  10. Middle East can not survive without dictators

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