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June 24, 2011

Ramadan: The month of the downfall of Assad

June 24, 2011

June 24, 2011

An interesting analysis from the Guardian correspondent in Damascus. This Ramadan will mark the downfall of the regime as prayers are held daily, and demonstrations will be more difficult to repress or control. Very interesting and we will be waiting for this month.

"It's still early to tell the full extent of Syria's protests today but numbers seem bigger than last week. And the widespread nature of the protest shows the failure of president Bashar al-Assad's speech to dampen revolutionary fervour.
Activists are less concerned by numbers now - although they are still keen to rally more protesters in Damascus and Aleppo - but are looking at how to move forward.
This is the 15th Friday in which people have taken to the streets. Many are looking for a factor to trigger what they see as the inevitable downfall of the regime - either the economy collapsing (which is on the cards but could take months) or increased international pressure by Turkey.
Opposition and analysts see Ramadan as a deadline for ramping up pressure – people go to the mosque every day making protests more likely - but that is still over a month away."


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