Fractured revolutionDoes the Free Syrian Army accurately represent the Syrian people?
The streets of Syria now look remarkably different from those 18 months ago when the country’s first protests began. What started as peaceful marches and chants calling for democracy have turned into violent clashes with a death toll that tops 250 people each day, according to some reports.
Established in the summer of 2011, the fragmented Free Syrian Army has emerged as the main armed resistance group against President Bashar al-Assad’s government. The group’s mission has gradually changed over time, from protecting peaceful protesters to removing Assad from power.
In this episode of The Stream, we examine why some anti-government activists are unsupportive of the rebels and who the FSA has become as more foreigners allegedly join the ranks. We speak to Rafif Jouejati (@RafifJ), Spokeswoman for the Local Coordination Committees in Syria; Fadi Salem (@FadiSalem), Syrian Political Researcher; and “The 47th” (@THE_47th), a pro-opposition activist.
What do you think? Has the Free Syrian Army hurt or helped Syria’s revolution to further its goals? Send us your thoughts and comments on Facebook or Twitter using #AJStream.
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