Human rights groups have reported that more than 1300 protestors have been killed since the demonstrations broke out in Syria in mid-March. At first, Syria’s militaristic, harsh, and stubborn dictatorship seemed to be immune to the wave of unrest that swept through most of the Arab world, specifically after the successful Tunisian and Egyptian uprisings of January and February 2011. However, in mid-March, demonstrations broke out in several Syrian towns and cities such as Homs, Dar’a, Banias, Latakia and suburb of Damascus.
Despite the unsuccessful responses employed by the Egyptian and Tunisian governments, Assad’s regime insists on responding in the same way. He has employed repressive 19th century tactics in response to the Syrian people’s legitimate 21st century demands.