Syrian Protests Turning Against Hezbollah
|June 15, 2011|
In many cities and towns, people are expressing their opposition to the terrorist group by burning pictures of the group’s leader Hassan Nasrallah, and the flags of Hezbollah and Iran. In this video, a protester burns the flag of Hezbollah in the town of Homs.
In Latakia, a city near Assad’s home village, Qirdaha, protesters burned Nasrallah’s likeness. In another YouTube video, an image of Nasrallah was burned in the Damascus suburb of Duma. In addition to burning the Islamic Republic’s flags, protesters also burned a Russian flag for opposing international action against Assad’s regime.
Syria’s president Bashar Assad commonly argues that he is “supporting the resistance,” a populist claim that appears to be losing traction with his people. Assad has traditionally blamed Syria’s lack of democracy and official corruption on Israel; Syria’s protesters seem to be sending the message that they no longer believe him.