More than one million Syrians have rallied in the capital, Damascus, in support of President Bashar al-Assad and his reform program.
Waving Syrian flags and pictures of Assad, hundreds of thousands of government supporters converged in a main square in the capital on Wednesday to show the level of support that the Syrian president enjoys.
''The army and people with you, Bashar al-Assad" and "Syria is our country and Assad our president," read some banners held by demonstrators.
Demonstrators also condemned foreign interference in their county's internal affairs and called for national unity.
''Today's rally is a message for the West and the Arab World to let them know that the president is legitimate,'' said a demonstrator, adding that ''Assad represents economic and security stability. He's our guardian. We don't know how the next president will be.''
Demonstrators also thanked Russia and China for blocking a UN Security Council resolution against Syria.
The rally, which was huge in comparison with recent anti-government gatherings in the country, also aimed to denounce the "Syrian National Council (SNC)," an umbrella body formally set up on October 2, pulling together most of the groups opposing the Syrian leader.
''We support our leader and we do love him,'' Lamia Kinani, 50, a housewife, told the Associated Press, adding that the newly formed opposition SNC does not represent Syrians.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March and hundreds of people, including security forces, have been killed in the violence.
While the opposition and Western countries accuse security forces of being behind the killings, the government blames outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups for the deadly violence, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.
While Assad may have been a dictator, he at least upheld a predominantly secular rule of law. Syria has absorbed 1.7- 2 million displaced Iraqis over the years, and it has seen power vacuums throughout the Islamic world filled by Islamists. Alawites, Christians, the Druze, and ordinary Syrians don't want to see that! If Assad falls, then everyone will want a piece of the pie, from the Kurds wanting their piece to add to Kurdistan to Iran looking for more access to the Mediterranean corridor. Where are the citizens of Syria going to go, since even the Palestinians and Iraqis had nowhere else to go?
even if this is true, Iranians are also propaganding like all sides.
I saw something in a dutch newspaper about Syrian guys in Paris who were demonstrating against Assad in the center of Paris and got beaten up twice by Syrians with diplomatic passports, so the fr police couldn't anything..they arrested them but had to release them..
But I understand your point Imho this is not good because if Assad is gone there will be instability and only the extremes will benefit from that.......
99socks wrote:Syria has absorbed 1.7- 2 million displaced Iraqis over the years,
Iraqis had nowhere else to go?
You are not updated :
Iraqi refugees who fled to Syria to escape the war now deem Iraq safer and are returning home.
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/gl ... ence-syria
Iraqi refugees leave Syria for home
http://english.aljazeera.net/video/midd ... 46366.html
99socks wrote:Why is that a surprise? What do you think is more likely- the supporters were paid with bread, or maybe they have some brains?
While Assad may have been a dictator, he at least upheld a predominantly secular rule of law. and it has seen power vacuums throughout the Islamic world filled by Islamists. Alawites, Christians, the Druze, and ordinary Syrians don't want to see that! If Assad falls, then everyone will want a piece of the pie, from the Kurds wanting their piece to add to Kurdistan to Iran looking for more access to the Mediterranean corridor. Where are the citizens of Syria going to go.
I think you are missing the point sock , Assad is Alawite ,and when he's in charge of
Syria it means the Alawite minority actually rule Syria , they will support him to the
grave because the moment he looses his leadership it means that for the Sunni majority
in Syria it's pay back time, for all the years of Alawite minority rule ,which means blood
and lots of it ,for the Alawite minority in Syria it's a fight side by side with Assad to the
death. and it's only natural that the Iranian propaganda will boast the Alawite supporters
as the "majority"of Syrians ,it serves their interest to portray the picture that way .
not to mention that the reason you mentioned :
"he at least upheld a predominantly secular rule of law" might be a plus to many
western eyes , but infact it's a minus point with the more conservative Sunni majority
that see the Alawite as "lesser Muslims" then they are .
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