Syria appears to be next in line for civil unrest. Syrians are organizing campaigns utilizing Facebook and Twitter, issuing a “day of rage” in Damascus this week. On the heels of Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Jordan; Syria is utilizing social networking in order to demand sweeping political reforms in their government. Like Egypt and Tunisia, Syria’s government is seethed with corruption, poverty and unemployment.
Staples such as bread and oil have seen subsidy cuts. Using the social network, the main Syrian protest page on Facebook is enticing people to protest in Damascus on February 4th and 5th. It will be a “day of rage” and the goal is to “end the state of emergency in Syria and end corruption,” state the organizers. Thus far the numbers of protesters is relatively small and most are outside of Syria.
stated in an interview that his nation is “immune from the kind of unrest roiling Tunisia and Egypt.” The event, as considered by Assad is signaling a “new era” in the Middle East, but that Syria was insulated from the upheaval due to the government being “aware of the people’s needs.” The socialist past of Syria has gradually led in favor of a free market system. Assad also stated that he understood his people’s needs and has “united them in common cause against Israel.”
Friday is the beginning of the “day of rage” campaign. Thought to be innocent by the government, social networking sites were paramount to rallying protesters in Tunisia and Egypt. Banned in Syria, Facebook still has connections to the people. More than 2500 Syrians have joined the page calling for the protests on Feb. 4-5.