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Today marks the first anniversary of Syria’s uprising. This should have been a joyous occasion commemorating a successful revolution, the collapse of a vile dictatorship and the birth of a free and democratic Syria. Instead, it is a painful reminder that tens of thousands have died for a dream that is yet to materialize. This has been a year of immense sacrifices and intolerable suffering for the sake of freedom and dignity. Murderous repression, vicious violence and horrific human rights violations were inflicted upon the civilian population while the world watched from the sidelines.

The Assad regime came up with countless ways of turning Syrians into mangled bodies and transforming their children’s faces into bloody mush. The repressive state apparatus was deployed in all its terrifying might and sought by all conceivable means of physical and psychological torture to break the spirit of the uprising along with the heads and bones of anyone who supports it. Despite this relentlessly brutal crackdown, an impotent UN and a fractioned Syrian opposition, Syria’s revolutionaries have not given hope that their cause will eventually prevail.

I bow my head in respect to the brave Syrian people and in shame at the international community’s inaction.

.كل عام و أنتم أحرار

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