Middle East

Anti-Assad flyers handed out in coastal towns

BEIRUT: Flyers denouncing President Bashar Assad were passed out in towns on Syria’s coast, pro-opposition media said Tuesday, as part of a campaign highlighting the rising number of regime casualties in the country’s civil war. 

The flyers were distributed in the cities of Tartous and Latakia, considered bastions of support for the Assad regime, in the name of the Sarkha (“Speak up”) campaign. 

One of them featured a chair, representing the presidency, along with the slogan “The chair is for you, and the coffin is for our children.” 

The campaign, which has been active for several weeks, comes in response to the relentless number of military casualties suffered by the regime, primarily from members of Assad’s Alawite sect, and despite Assad’s claims that the “war against terror” has been won by his forces.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 13, 2014, on page 8.




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