Couple of days before 15th March 2011, I joked and laughed (not funny now) with my friends about a planned ‘freedom’ protest in Damascus in Syria, called for by some activists on Facebook. The Arab Spring was already underway then, but we always thought Syria is different. Different as in the regime’s brutality can’t be matched by any other current Arab regime. They crush anyone who dares just to think. We got to it from day one, while the world has been watching since then.
We, then, said that the protesters number will barely 10, and they won’t make it to the Hamdiyah market due to the eyes and ears of the intelligence service(s). And if they did make it, they will surely not make it back home. But they made it, they were around 10-15 people, and they were the bravest. They showed up in a relatively quiet march, which drew a lot of ‘audience’. The rest is history and marked in the below video. ‘Something’ happened in Daraa around the same time, and it spread across the country fuelled with high morales due to other Arab uprisings.