An introduction to the Syrian
revolution: The case against Assad

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The Syrian revolution began as a peaceful and non-sectarian uprising against a corrupt dictatorship, involving mass protests and democratic demands for social change. Yet the Assad regime has managed to hold on to power, and in the process turned the country into a hellish warzone. This session will explore the socio-economic causes for the revolution and show inspiring footage from the early days of the movement. It will be argued that it is the regime and its allies who are the major cause for the violence and sectarian conflicts that seem to dominate today, and that the left should oppose all intervention of regional and global imperial forces.

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