Exiled Syrian activists meet in Berlin on Saturday in an effort to shape a practical programme to fight Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s regime, as young and veteran opposition activists have been struggling to find common ground.
Young dissidents in Syria and abroad are becoming increasingly frustrated. Almost five months after they first took to the streets in protest of Syrian President Bashar al Assad and his regime, they say their elder counterparts have failed to provide them with a political programme. The hoped-for revolution has “no leader and no set policy”, they say.
The Syrian opposition is a loosely organised group of Kurds, communists, Islamists, tribal leaders and exiled intellectuals. Repressed for over half a century by Syrian authorities, this eclectic mix last managed to come to an agreement in 2005, when they signed the “Damascus Declaration”, calling for ‘democratic and radical” change in Syria.
Date created : 2011-08-13