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Transcript of Syria 2013
His father Hafez (left)ruled for 30 years until his death.
* The al-Assad family and the security forces are Alawites (Shiite Muslims). Making up part of only 12% of the Syrian population who share that faith. Leadership 15 teenage boys were arrested for writing anti government graffiti on the wall of the school.
For suggesting "the people want to topple the regime."
---Global Post The Assad government would not release the boys instead shunning and insulting their parents.
---Reports of torture caused protestors to hit the streets. March 16 A group of women held a sit-in
demanding the unlawfully held prisoners be let go. "Police dragged protesters by the hair and beat them,"
---Mohja Kahf (American novelist and professor with Contacts across Syria)
Protests continued to heat up... March 18 The government responded in anger, opening fire ...killing four protestors in Deraa. The mourners in the city of Deraa were fired upon the following day while attending a funeral... killing another. Attempting to quiet down the uprising. Assad:
-Released the teens
-Released dozens of other political prisoners
-Lifted the 48 year-old State of Emergency Too little too late: Demonstrations were too far spread "In a state of civil war"
---International Red Cross
An estimated 60, 000 Syrians are dead in clashes between the
Assad's government and the Rebels who want him out.
---U.N. Human Rights Commissioner
More than 500, 000 Syrians have fled to neighboring countries. April 2012 U.N. peace keepers were deployed but increased violence forced them to withdraw.
The U.N. Security Council does
not yet have the unanimous
support of all five permanent
member countries. Resistance China and Russia have exercised their right to veto a proposed resolution of the threatening sanctions against Syria. Both China and Russia hold close ties with President Bashar al-Assad and his government. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird ...on our Canadian behalf. Questions Works Cited BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDNSmT0GB9Q If the ongoing conflict in Syria does not directly affect your daily life, personally are you concerned about it? To what extent are you willing to stand for what you believe is unlawful treatment? Is Canada doing enough by supplying over $22 million in humanitarian assistance to refugees in neighboring countries. If not, what would you suggest?
President Bashar al-Assad and his government are not willing to step down, what do you see as the best solution to end the civil war in Syria? March, 2011 Where do we sit? Matthew Schweyer Obvious Solutions 1) Assad Government topples the Rebel forces; regaining power.
2) Free Syrian Army proves stronger than it's governing state.
3) World intervention on behalf of the greater Syrian population.