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Violence rages in Syria despite high-level diplomacy              By Molly Vora                Period 6
Conflict in Syria        Protests began on March         15, 2011        Began in Daraa with the         arrest of 15 ch...
What sort of country is Syria?                  Government:                   Republic under an                   authori...
What do the protestors want?                     Initially: Basic reforms,                      more freedoms, a         ...
How is the government responding?                       New constitution                        offering multi-party     ...
The revolution       Three main groups:        Syrian National Council         (SNC)        National Co-ordination     ...
Currently     Violence in the areas of      Homs, Idlib, the Damascus,      and Deir Ezzor     Syrian Army has blockaded...
Future of Syria  Peaceful solution seems   unlikely  Military intervention Big   Civil War  Diplomatic approaches  no...
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  1. 1. Violence rages in Syria despite high-level diplomacy By Molly Vora Period 6
  2. 2. Conflict in Syria Protests began on March 15, 2011 Began in Daraa with the arrest of 15 children By April 2011 protests all over Syria April 25, 2011 government launched a siege on major cities (Daraa and Homs) Government tortures protestors
  3. 3. What sort of country is Syria? Government: Republic under an authoritarian regime Current President: Bashar al-Assad Has been in power since 2000 Inherited the control of Syria after his father died  Population: 22 million people
  4. 4. What do the protestors want? Initially: Basic reforms, more freedoms, a multi-party political system Now: The al-Assad regime out and true democratic elections Opposition groups are not united Protestors are unarmed
  5. 5. How is the government responding? New constitution offering multi-party election Regime is slaughtering civilians to wipe out everyone who is not loyal to Assad Brutal crackdown There is international pressure Many Western countries have imposed sanctions Assad refuses to step down
  6. 6. The revolution Three main groups: Syrian National Council (SNC) National Co-ordination Committee (NCC) Free Syrian Army 9,000 dead 30,000 neighboring countries Thousands have been arrested U.N. Security Council has failed to agree on a resolution
  7. 7. Currently Violence in the areas of Homs, Idlib, the Damascus, and Deir Ezzor Syrian Army has blockaded many cities By April 10th, President Assad promises the U.N. it will pull forces out of cities and not use weapons (Cease fire) Government is lying Tanks are entering cities still
  8. 8. Future of Syria Peaceful solution seems unlikely Military intervention Big Civil War Diplomatic approaches  not effective Eventual collapse of Syrias currency  regime will die If Assad steps down transitional government before elections Why we care? Assad supports terrorist groups and allows them to cross into into Iraq.
  9. 9. Thank you for listening!
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