The Syrian revolution has been escalating dramatically throughout the last week. The situation is becoming more complex and many believe that the events will have critical implications to the overall security conditions of the entire Arab region.
The Syrian revolution has a lot of similarities with the Egyptian revolution in many aspects, as many political and socio-economic characteristics are similarly common in the two countries.
The Syrian regime is making use of all its resources now to crush the revolution. On the ground, policemen and street thugs in plain clothes are attacking protesters; killing, looting and destroying anything in their way then claiming they are from the protesters.
This is a tactic to mobilize the common people against the protesters. In media, local TV and radio stations are trying to convince the people that the protesters are hired by foreign states and are working for foreign agendas to destroy the country.
Similar to Egyptians, Syrians do not differentiate between the regime and the president.
Egyptians did not accept it when Mubarak changed the government and were asserted that their request was not to change the government, but to change the whole regime, especially the president who is seen by the public opinion the head of the regime.
This was very similar to the Egyptian revolution, when protesters first called for changing the regime, not the president, and later on when hundreds of people were killed at the hands of the police and security forces, protesters increased the ceiling of their demands to include removing the president.
Popular movement in Syria is very similar to that of Egypt during its revolution, when no one could claim he was leading the protests. However, there are a number of prominent cyber activists who help coordinate among other street activists on the ground.
The popular protests in Syria are led by several activist groups that include liberals and Islamists who work hand in hand to achieve a common goal: toppling the regime.
The Muslim Brotherhood members and other Islamists are strongly participating in the protests lowering down profile to avoid being targeted or accused of leading the protest.
Some of the Key Influencers
Young political activist: Nakhle
Nakhle is a prominent young political activist who is playing a major role on social media networks in coordinating among different activists regarding the when and where protests should start. He always provides protesters and other activists with internet proxies to avoid the government’s jamming of social media networks and some opposition websites.
He was detained several times in 2010 for his online political activism, and he could finally flee to Lebanon where he says he is now helping the protests keep unabated against the Syrian regime.
Opposition activist in exile: Ammar Abdulhamid
Abdulhamid is a political opposition activist living in exile in Washington and is one of the major Syrian activists who are working on social media networks to coordinate among protesters and help the Syrian revolution keeps momentum.
Syria has many sects of Sunnis, Alawites, Christians and Shiites and many fear that these sects would fight against each other, as the regime is always claiming. However, protesters are always chanting national unity slogans saying they are all one hand.
SocialEyez found that 60% of online conversations say that the Syrian regime is fabricating news stories to create US phobia among the people in order to strengthening its grip over the country accusing any dissents of being traitor and US secret agents.
“Assad is the first sectarian person in Syria. The diversity of sects in Syria is not a problem, but it is Assad who wants to convince people that his regime is preventing sectarianism”
“Why do we consider the US is behind all big events in our world? The US is a devil only in our minds. This is what the Syrian regime wants to do to reinforce its grip over the country. Our problem is only with the Syrian regime. The US has nothing to do with our protests.”
“From the Egyptian people to the great Syrian people: Keep strong and persistent, as all indications prove that this [Syrian] repressive regime will collapse. The brutality the regime is using against its people today proves that it is breaking up on the hard rock of the people’s will.”
Top Countries: A majority of conversations happened in the US followed by the EU countries and then Yemen, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and the other GCC countries.
Compiled by the SocialEyez Content Team