Political Oppression

Syria By Brandon Morlock

Purpose of Project

In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee the Mockingbird resembles a loss of innocence. In this project Syria's government has been abusing the people of Syria. The people of Syria are the mockingbirds being treated badly because many of them have been oppressed and abused which there government is supporting, and many other governments have been trying to aid the people of Syria. The government has given the people no power and have violently attacked many protesters.

Modern Day

In Syria, political oppression is ocuring where the Syrian government are treating the people of Syria unfairly. Medical Aid has been denied to protesters that have been in injured by Syrian authorities. Security Forces have arrested injured protesters at hospitals forcing them to seek medical aid elsewhere. There have been many arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, and torture to thousands of people. All the violence in Syria has lead to many people losing their homes and forcing them to live in refugee camps.

Social Context

The Assad Family have been ruling Syria with an iron fist for over 40 years. The Assad Family have promised the citizens of Syria many rights yet instead they ordered their security forces to fire upon the protesters. The Alawite army leaders fear revenge attacks against Alawite sects due to Assad's policies. The diversity of the protesters are a source of encouragement for many elements in the regime to side with the people. Many of the armed forces have joined the peoples side in protest because many of them are citizens forced to serve the military as a civil requirement .

Becoming Atticus Finch

The United States has been supporting the rebels in Syria with supplies and weapons which has heightened tensions with Russia.The U.S. have been embargoing Syria with any assets and companies Controlled or cooperating with Syria. To quell the protests Syrian authorities have enacted many reforms yet they had no effect. President Assad has given all Syrian born stateless Kurds full citizenship. A General Elections Law and a New Media Law have been formed by the Syrian government to uphold freedom of expression. The UN have condemned the use of lethal violence against peaceful protesters. With the support of the U.S. the UN have adopted a presidential statement condemning violations of humans rights. These strategies relate to Atticus definition of courage because even though they know they might not win they have fought their best against the Assad Family because they believe that is the right thing to do.

Story

In late February 2011, six boys were caught spray-painting revolutionary slogans on a wall in their Madrasa in Daraa, Syria. A local guard reported the anti-regime vandalism to Assad's Political Security Directorate branch and put into motion a retaliatory crackdown cycle that would spiral into a violent uprising.

On March 6 of that year, 15 sunni boys between the ages of 10 and 17 living in Daraa became the first victims of the civil war. Security forces of General Atef Najeeb, President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite cousin, captured the boys in their beds during night raids. The children were tortured in detention cells like terrorists, their fingernails pulled out, swaths of skin burned, bones broken and skulls fractured to the point of brain damage and the loss of eyesight. Not long after, protests against their brutal torture would erupt across the region.

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