“Long life Syria, and down with Bashar Al Assad.”
“عاشت سوريا ويسقط بشار الأسد”
In every revolution there is a video or a scene that captures all the elements. For me, there’s not greater footage than this one of the people of Jassem. For those who have been following the Syrian uprising, you know the month of April was the most overwhelming with its surprises: the cities that rose up one after the other, the hundred of thousands of people from the country side of Daraa, who nobody knew existed, mobilizing and protesting, the bloody crackdown by the regime (for many, that also has been a surprise).
Here in the town of Jassem, they gathered in the main square- hastily named Freedom Square- on the afternoon of Friday, April the 22, to protest tyranny and celebrate recognition. To say to fellow Syrians: we are here, and this is what we want. We are as Syrians as the rest of you.
You can feel the euphoria, the festive mood. The melodious chant. The overcast skies. The unpretentious people of Jassem with their modest clothings and lofty aspirations. Standing close together and chanting with gusto. The chant leader urging them to scream louder and louder.
These are my people, and I will stand by them until we prevail.