Video of Syrian Torture of Children Raises Outcry
|September 16, 2010|
A video uploaded to YouTube days ago showing torture of Syrian elementary schoolchildren has triggered an outcry in Syria and calls for the disciplining of the two teachers involved.
A Facebook group about this has already garnered 2238 members thus far and many are calling for the identification and punishment of the two teachers depicted in the video viciously beating pupils on their hands and feet with a stick.
Because of the tremendous popular outrage, the Syrian government is beginning to address this issue seriously for the first time. The Ministry of Education has promised to help identify the teachers by sending delegates from the Ministry of Education to every elementary school in Syria with pictures from the YouTube video to help them recognize the suspects.
However, many Syrians believe that the government's response is merely for show, and "the corporal punishment depicted [in the video] is everywhere in Syria, and is a policy of the Syrian regime to raise children with a culture of fear from the day they start their schooling," a Syrian dissidents who prefers to remain anonymous told CyberDissidents.org. "It’s funny that the government hasn’t identified the teachers yet; if two teachers criticized Assad, it would take the government less than two hours to verify the identity of the suspects. But the Syrian government doesn't really care about corporal punishment on Syrian school children. Syrian prisons apply crueler punishments against political prisoners every day, so I think the governmental response was only a decoration."
The Facebook group can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/sadwna-fy-mrft-hwyt-almlmtyn-alltyn-qamta-btdhyb-atfalna/157310427615548#!/pages/sadwna-fy-mrft-hwyt-almlmtyn-alltyn-qamta-btdhyb-atfalna/157310427615548?v=wall