Sie waren in den letzten Wochen Legion, die Artikel und Analysen, die einem im Brustton der Überzeugung erklärten, nein in Syrien da sei alles anderes, da bliebe es ruhig, zumindest in den nächsten Monaten, wenn nicht Jahren. Und nun Meldungen von Demonstrationen, Protesten und gewaltsamen Zusammenstößen gleich aus mehreren syrischen Städten. (Selbst das Staatsfernsehen konnte sie nicht ganz verschweigen.)
Dazu das Blog Syria in Transition:
Syrians do not want “chaos”. The Syrian people all love their president. Syria was immune to change because of its anti-Israel stance. Syrians do not want “Western democracy”. Syria is immune to protest. Syria is not Tunisia or Egypt. Syria is a “sturdy house”.
Not true as it turns out. The democratic revolution has reached Syria, and a protest movement is beginning to gain traction there. The doubters have been proved wrong.
Not to get carried away, the demonstrations that have taken place in Syria have not been large-scale. We are talking about hundreds, not thousands. They did occur right across the country though, with protests taking place in Damascus, Aleppo, Deir az-Zour, Qamishli and Hassaka. The video above is for a demonstration that took place on Tuesday 15 March in the heart of Damascus. A second demonstration in the capital was organized by family and relatives of political prisoners the following day on Wednesday 16th March [pic below] opposite the Interior Ministry building. To put things into perspective, the last time an anti-regime protest took place in Syria was 31 years ago. These demonstrations, however modest, are an important ice-breaker and a harbinger of things to come.