[Marxism] Arab Iranians' solidarity with Syrian anti - Assad rebels

Dennis Brasky dmozart1756 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 4 10:02:20 MST 2018


Then there’s the matter of Syria. Since the beginning of the Syrian
uprisings in 2011, Ahwazi Arab Iranians have stood in solidarity with their
counterparts on the Syrian streets, while Syrian pro-democracy protesters
have waved the Ahwaz flag in their protests against Bashar al-Assad’s
regime. Small wonder then that today’s Syrian anti-regime revolutionaries
and activists are standing in solidarity with the Iranian protests.


Abdelaziz al-Hamza
<https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/06/opinion/bombs-will-not-defeat-isis-but-maybe-the-internet-will.html>,
a Syrian pro-democracy activist from Raqqa and active member of the group Raqqa
is Being Slaughtered Silently
<https://www.newyorker.com/news/as-told-to/the-tragic-legacy-of-raqqa-is-being-slaughtered-silently>,
advised the Iranian protesters not to reveal their identity, not to carry
any ID documentation, and to use removable memory cards in the devices they
use to document the protests. He also strongly advised them to use
nicknames for their Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts, and to
communicate via encrypted apps.


Many Syrian opposition activists hope that the Iranian protests will start
a domino effect that eventually affects Iranian foreign policy towards
Syria. In recent years, the Iranian government has spent billions of
dollars annually supporting the repressive Syrian regime. Iran’s powerful
military chief, General Qasem Soleimani
<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-27883162>, has been leading
the Iranian military operation inside Syria. If the current protests lead
to some sort of revolutionary change, Iran’s strong financial and military
support to active actors in the Syrian war – among them Hezbollah
<https://theconversation.com/why-hezbollah-matters-so-much-in-a-turbulent-middle-east-88111>
and
the Assad regime’s army – could suddenly shrivel up. This will also have
major implications for Arab countries where Iran is playing a military
role, not least Yemen
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/14/iran-ballistic-missiles-yemen-houthi-rebels-un>
.

https://www.juancole.com/2018/01/irans-protests-middle.html



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