[Marxism] The Empty Classrooms of Qalamoun » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Dec 6 06:48:52 MST 2013

Students captivated by public protests in Daara in the south decided to 
hold a forum to discuss prospects for reform. The debate never took 
place because one sunny morning the campus was invaded by thugs. “It was 
very ugly; horrid”, a colleague and professor there told me the next 
day; she was still trembling from the ordeal. Everyone knew the 
attackers were government security agents. “They stormed the main 
building, terrorizing us, bashing bodies and heads and hauling youths 
away. I myself sheltered several students in a women’s washroom.” She 
and others witnessed sufficient brutality in that fleeting event to turn 
them against their government. Scores of families withdrew their 
children from Qalamoun; students who remained became sullen, and 
politically polarized.


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