Syria Country Questions FREAS
1. History of the protests
a. When did the protests begin? Why did they begin?
The protests began 15 March 2011. The president of syria, Bashar Assad, boasted that a revolution would never happen in his country, unlike Syria’s near by neighbors Egypt and Tunisia. President Bashar Assad was wrong however. His country was affected by the ever spreading Arab Spring/Uprising.
b. How did the government respond?
The government cracked down on the protesters and killed six protesters and injured many more. The protesters demanded the resignation of the mayor and the security police leader. The police later responded to the protests by opening fire on the crowd. President Bashar Assad later apologized and gave his condolences to the families of those killed.
c. Identify at least two other major events and government responses.
i. A chemical weapon attack on the rebels, in the suburbs of Damascus on Aug. 21, 2013, killed 1,429 people, including 426 children. The vast majority of these people were not rebels, and were in no way involved with the conflict, yet they were killed anyways.
ii. Friday 22 April 2011, is the bloodiest day yet in the revolution. Protesters/Rebels protesting against President Bashar al-Assad seized a tower block used as a base for pro-Gaddafi snipers. In response, the governments troops opened fire on protests, killing up to 20 people.
d. Identify two international responses that seem significant.
i. The international response to Syria's use of chemical weapons on its people, was (once it was proven) very strong, swift and negative. The United States even threatened military air strikes against the syrian government, until the Russians who were in alliance with the Assad regime proposed a diplomatic solution that will remove chemical weapons from the country which for the time being satisfied the international community.
ii. The international community has been reluctant to take part in or supply weapons to the rebel groups because if the current government falls, then a group who is even worse than the current regime now such as some sort of terrorist organization could take over.
e. What has been the result of the protests?
The result of the protests have been that over 120,000 people have been killed, many more imprisoned or have moved and have been come refugees in other countries. Also since...