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Syrian Revolution: The Power of People

 

Syrian Rising Generation Movement


More than forty years of fear, oppression, terror, and repression did not stop Syrians from going out on streets seeking peaceful change, speaking up and chanting “We want our freedom”. This is how the Syrian revolution started. Uprisings against oppressive regiments in Tunisia and Egypt has inspired the Arabs and started the so-called “Arab Spring”.  In Syria, the ruling party “Ba’ath Party” has been ruling the country since 1963 and gradually increasing authority over the lives of citizens. Bashar Assad and many of his family members have been ruling the country since 1970 with an iron fist. In 1982, tens of thousands of people were killed by Hafez Assad, the father, and his brother, Rifa’at Assad. More than 20,000 were detained in Tadmur (Palmyra) jail; a jail located at the heart of the dessert. Since then, more suppression has been used to rule the country. Freedom of speech has increasingly been limited. That is, people are not allowed to speak out their mind when it comes to criticizing the regime actions. In addition, Facebook, YouTube and many other websites including Wikipedia have been blocked for years under the emergency state. The Ba’ath party announced state of emergency in1963 and since then has used it as a tool to detain anyone that they considered a threat to the regime for indefinite time without the need to bring any charge. Although the state of emergency was officially lifted in April 2011, the regime’s brutality has increased in killing and detaining more and more protesters. On March 15, 2011 Syrians stormed the streets with protests in order to call for their basic right; “freedom”. However, the regime has shown no mercy in dealing with protesters and demonstrators. Children were tortured and murdered, women had been raped, and many other people were killed. Hamza Al khatib, a 13-year-old boy, was arrested at a protest in one of the Syrian cities. His mutilated corpse was returned to his family with deep burns, gashes, cuts and a chipped off penis. Since then, Hamza Al Khatib has become a symbol for the Syrian revolution.

More than 2,000 people so far have been killed and hundreds have been detained. To justify their position against protesters, the regime announced that they started their war against organized gangs. Over 100 tanks and armored vehicles have been sighted in many cities. Army troops and tanks also have laid siege to many cities that have shown rising danger in terms of peaceful demonstrations. Chanting “Only God, Syria, and Freedom” and “No one can humiliate Syrians”, protesters marched in the streets to show the regime that they are no longer afraid of the iron fist. It is widely accepted in Syrian society that the regiment is totally controlled by security officers who are responsible for humiliating and torturing those who show no fear against the regime. As a result of a bloody attack conducted by army troops and security gangs, as of the date of this article, more than 15,000 people have fled to Turkey seeking protection and refuge. The regime confronted peaceful demonstrators with live bullets and savage brutality and continued doing their best of indiscriminate killing, bluffing, fabricating stories about protestors, blackmailing, and igniting sectarian war only to keep the regime away from being overthrown by peaceful protestors. Foreign media has been kept away from entering the country to prevent them from showing the world the real picture of the brutal Syrian regime.

The Syrian government is waging a crackdown against its own citizens. The European Union has sanctioned the Syrian regime because of human rights abuses and brutal violence against civilians associated with the protesters.

Who Are We?

Being from a Syrian descent, a group of young people in different states collaborated together and created “Syrian Rising Generation Movement” (SRGM). Our main goal is to unite the voice of the “Rising Generations” in order to build a bridge between the Far East and Far West.  SRGM is a virtual organized group based on social networking which is the main means of communicating among Syrians around the world. SRGM has no political, religious, or racial affiliation. Age requirement is between 18-35 years to give the rising generation the opportunity to have their contribution to the upcoming bright future of Syria. A new methodology is being shared and updated between the rising generations and adopted by SRGM to apply the technology concepts as a reflection to the awakening of young people in the Middle East. In addition, we believe in freedom of speech and cooperate with other Syrian organizations with similar missions and visions.

 

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Syrian Rising Generation Movement

srgm.syria@gmail.com 

 

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