Activists Mock Syria Elections in Online Videos
|May 10, 2012|
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BEIRUT (AP) " Anti-regime activists have been quick to spoof Syria's parliamentary elections with a flurry of amateur, online videos lampooning a vote they say aims to put a shiny gloss on the authoritarian rule of President Bashar Assad and cover up its fierce crackdown on protesters.
In one video, "voters" line up in at a staged polling station and first in line is a man in a white funeral shroud, killed by regime forces. "God have mercy on your soul," says an actor playing a reporter before asking him what he thinks of the voting.
"The elections are free and fair!" the dead man declares in the video, filmed in the northern village of Kafr Sijneh. Next in line behind him is a wounded man, covered in white bandages with huge blood spots on his arms and head.
Since the anti-Assad uprising started in March, 2011, amateur videographers have played a key role in telling their story to the world outside of one of the Middle East's most brutal police states, uploading daily hundreds of videos of protests, destroyed homes, regime forces and the often bloody bodies of those killed by them. Alongside the serious videos, there has been a steady stream of spoofs showing an often dark humor about the crisis.
Assad's regime has touted....
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