The protest by Syrian civilians against President Bashar Assad began on Friday, March 18, 2011 when the Syrians asked for basic freedoms and a political voice. The protesters gathered in the city of Daraa and sang prayers after stating their position with regard to human rights. Syrian police and other security forces used tear gas and ammunition against the protestors during that first demonstration and have continued the use of force resulting in the loss of thousands of lives.
February 2012 was one of the most violent months in Syria when President Assad’s forces bombed the city of Homs. Hundreds of civilians died as a result of the bombing.
In an interview with Barbara Walters, President Assad said that the violence in Syria was exacerbated by armed gangs, terrorists and saboteurs from Israel and Western countries. (Huffington Post, 2012)
The crisis in Syria is compounded because of sectarian partisanship between several religious groups including Sunni Muslims, Christians, the Shiia and the Alawi. President Bashar Assad belongs to the Alwai, which is also the ruling body of the Syrian government. The Free Syrian Army, an armed militia has been formed in order to combat Assad’s civilian attacks. The Free Syrian Army is composed of and supported by a diverse group of people who practice different faiths, but believe in a less oppressive and free Syria. The prolonged and continuous violence in Syria has taken a toll on its’ people and the future in this country looks very grim.
This Afternoon at 2P.M. Eastern Standard Time Secretary of State John Kerry will be speaking about the most recent developments in Syria, as well as possible U.S. involvement, LIVE on plus.google.com. Kerry invites everyone, especially students and teachers, to this unique opportunity to be a part of something that matters.