Some thoughts on Syria ….

I was asked for an overview on Syria for a meeting of anarchists in Tunis which unfortunately I couldn’t attend. I post a slightly edited version here …

In 2011, the Syrian people, as part of a transnational uprising sweeping the region, rose up  in huge numbers to demand the overthrow of the regime. It was a spontaneous, popular uprising, originating in the disadvantaged rural and urban areas. It was a response to decades of dictatorship, a repressive police state, a mafia style elite and the neo-liberal policies of the Baathist regime which had impoverished large sections of the population. Continue reading