Democratic Revolution #Syria n Style

Every Friday: New Slogans of the People’s Revolution

18 Oct 2013

The democratic people’s revolution in Syria has accomplished something of world-historic importance: it has united both the imperialists and the anti-imperialists against it. Eastern imperialism led by Russia arms Bashar al-Assad to the teeth, Western imperialism led by the U.S. continues its heavy arms blockade on Assad’s opposition, and so-called anti-imperialists led by As’ad Abu Khalil, George Galloway, Rand Paul, Cynthia McKinney, Stop the War Coalition, and ANSWER Coalition relentlessly slander the uprising every step of the way in every conceivable way.

The near-total international isolation of the revolution — expressed by the fact that only Islamists have displayed any type of internationalism — is the inevitable result of imperialists and anti-imperialists the world over joining forces to ensure the revolution’s defeat, the former for reasons of state, the latter for reasons of ideology and pseudo-realpolitik. This imperialist-anti-imperialist alliance is why every major and minor channel, every corporate and anti-corporate newspaper, every large and small website, every worthy and worthless blogger, and every dominant and oppositional political force on the planet speaks with one voice, endlessly repeating a narrative on Syria that is so at odds with the truth: that extremists are the only/main actors in the Syrian opposition; that brutality, torture, sectarianism, and atrocities are the only/main activities of the opposition; that Saudia Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, and Israel are the only/main sponsors or beneficiaries of opposition activism; that U.S. president Barack Obama wants regime change in Damascus.

Despair

The imperialists and their anti-imperialists “opponents” agree on something fundamental: Syria is not a people’s revolution. It is not a popular uprising. It is not “the forcible entrance of the masses into the realm of rulership over their own destiny” (Trotsky).

But on this point, the facts are against the imperialists and the anti-imperialists, and overwhelmingly so.

“Truth is on the side of the oppressed today, it’s against the oppressor. You don’t need anything else.” (حاجّ مالك الشباز; El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz; Malcolm X).

One fact that exposes the falseness of the imperialist-anti-imperialist alliance narrative is how the revolution’s supporters choose the names of their weekly mass protests. These protests have taken place in cities and villages across Syria after Friday prayers on every Friday without exception since the revolution began on March 15, 2011; they are the pulse of the struggle, the voice of the formerly voiceless, a chronicle of each twist and turn their struggle for freedom has taken. According to Wael Tamimi, a Syrian journalist with the BBC’s Arabic Service:

“In the earlier days or month[s] of the uprising, the name was chosen by the admins of the Syrian Revolution page on Facebook, so the people did not used to vote on the name of the Friday. But actually, they complained to the admin. They told him, ‘We want a democratic Syria, so you have to give us a chance to vote for the name of the Friday.’ And actually, the admins of these pages responded positively.”

Anywhere between 14,000 and 30,000 people vote democratically for their preferred slogans. As Uri Friedman remarks, “What’s perhaps most amazing is that the winning Friday name really seems to wend its way from social media to the street.”

Sept. 13, 2013: “Friday of the Murderer Is
Under the International Community’s Protection”
in Hama (above) and Aleppo (below)

Yes, democracy, self-rule, and self-organization by the rebellious masses is a most amazing thing. In fact, it is the decisive thing. Hate him or love him, V.I. Lenin was absolutely right about that:

“[P]articular attention should be paid to Marx’s extremely profound remark that the destruction of the bureaucratic-military state machine is ‘the precondition for every real people’s revolution’. This idea of a ‘people’s revolution’ seems strange coming from Marx, so that the Russian Plekhanovites and Mensheviks, those followers of Struve who wish to be regarded as Marxists, might possibly declare such an expression to be a ‘slip of the pen’ on Marx’s part. They have reduced Marxism to such a state of wretchedly liberal distortion that nothing exists for them beyond the antithesis between bourgeois revolution and proletarian revolution, and even this antithesis they interpret in an utterly lifeless way.

“If we take the revolutions of the 20th century as examples we shall, of course, have to admit that the Portuguese and the Turkish revolutions are both bourgeois revolutions. Neither of them, however, is a ‘people’s’ revolution, since in neither does the mass of the people, their vast majority, come out actively, independently, with their own economic and political demands to any noticeable degree. By contrast, although the Russian bourgeois revolution of 1905-07 displayed no such ‘brilliant’ successes as at times fell to the Portuguese and Turkish revolutions, it was undoubtedly a ‘real people’s’ revolution, since the mass of the people, their majority, the very lowest social groups, crushed by oppression and exploitation, rose independently and stamped on the entire course of the revolution the imprint of their own demands, their attempt to build in their own way a new society in place of the old society that was being destroyed.”

In the spirit of this last sentence, out of respect for the over 100,000 who have paid the ultimate price for resisting Assad’s iron heel, here are the names of all the Friday protests in English. This list will be updated every 2-4 weeks until the sun rises over a free Syria, so bookmark, share, ‘like’, and Tweet it until that glorious day.

Protest No.

Name/Slogan (“Friday of…”)

Date (d/m/yy)

157

It’s a Popular Revolution, not a Civil War

14/3/14

156

Aleppo is Calling: Answer the Appeal

7/3/14

155

Hezbollah: Criminals of Iran in Syria and Lebanon

28/2/14

154

The Solution is To Open The Coast Front

21/2/14

153

Russia: Partner in Crime, not a Mediator for Peace

14/2/14

152

Car Bombs and Barrel Bombs Are Killing Our Children

7/2/14

151

Break Siege: Let the Besieged People Out

31/1/14

150

11,000 War Crimes

24/1/14

149

Starved to Death: Syrian and Palestinians

17/1/14

148

Bashar’s Gang: Our First Enemy

10/1/14

147

Martyr Abu Rayyan: Victim of Betrayal

3/1/14

146

The Barrels of Death Licensed by the World

27/12/13

145

Anger to Support Aleppo

20/12/13

144

Take the Battle to the Areas Occupied by Assad

13/12/13

143

Break The Siege

6/12/13

142

Daraya Bleeds, Moving Toward International Justice

29/11/13

141

The Blood of Our Martyrs Unites Us

22/11/13

140

Go Forth, Whether Light or Heavy

15/11/13

139

No to the Iranian Occupation of Syria

8/11/13

138

The Siege Is Continuous Genocide

1/11/13

137

The Solution Is in the Hague, Not in Geneva

25/10/13

136

Save Muadhamiya and Southern Damascus

18/10/13

135

Our Weapons are for the Front, not the Liberated Areas

11/10/13

134

Thank You, Turkey

4/10/13

133

Prisoners as Pure as Jasmine

[referring to women held in regime prisons]

27/9/13

132

Only Syrians Will Free Syria

20/9/13

131

The Murderer Is Under the International Community’s Protection

13/9/13

130

Not Only with Chemical Weapons Does Assad Kill Our Children

6/9/13

129

Friday of Victory Is Only From God

30/8/13

128

The Terrorist Bashar Kills Civilians with Chemical Weapons While the World Watches

23/8/13

127

Supporting the Coast Rebels

16/8/13

126

The Champions of the Coast Are Coming

9/8/13

125

If God Gives You Victory Then No One Can Defeat You

2/8/13

124

The Sword of God

26/7/13

123

Ramadan: Month of Victory

19/7/13

122

Until We Change Ourselves

12/7/13

121

Beware and Wake Up, Oh Brigades

5/7/13

120

Ardent Revolution and a Paralyzed Opposition

28/6/13

119

Support of Syria Is in Action Not Words

21/6/13

118

Safavid [Persian] Project: a Threat to the Umma

14/6/13

117

Ghouta and Qusayr … A Will That Won’t Break

7/6/13

116

The Ideals of the Revolution Are Our Red Lines

31/5/13

115

Charlatan Resistance — Jerusalem Is Not in Homs

[a message directed at Hezbollah]

24/5/13

114

The Independence of the Syrian Decision

17/5/13

113

Banyas: Ethnic Cleansing and International Complicity

10/5/13

112

Syrians Are Being Killed with Your “Red Lines”

3/5/13

111

Protection of the Majority

26/4/13

110

Iran and Hezbollah, You Will be Defeated Along With Assad

19/4/13

109

Syria is Stronger Than Those Who Would Divide It

12/4/13

108

Refugees With Honor and Dignity

5/4/13

107

Giving Glad Tidings to Those Who are Patient

29/3/13

106

Your Chemical Weapons Will Not Halt Our Progress Towards Freedom

22/3/13

105

Two Years of Struggle and Our Revolution’s Victory is Near

15/3/13

104

There will be No Sectarian State in Syria

8/3/13

103

One Nation. One Flag. One Fight.

22/2/13

102

Proud Al-Raqqa on the Road to Freedom

22/2/13

101

God Is Sufficient as a Supporter

15/2/13

100

Remain United

8/2/13

99

The International Community Are Partners in the Massacre

1/2/13

98

Our Leader Forever Prophet Mohammad

25/1/13

97

Revolution Aleppo University: Engineering Martyrdom

18/1/13

96

Refugee Camps of Death

11/1/13

95

Homs Calls on the Free to Stop the Siege

4/1/13

94

Bloodied Bread

28/12/12

93

Victory is Written on the Gates of Aleppo

21/12/12

92

There Is No Terrorism in Syria Except that of Assad

14/12/12

91

No to Peacekeeping Forces in Syria

7/12/12

90

The Damascus Countryside is the Fingers of Triumph Over The Palace

30/11/12

89

The Time of Victory is Near

23/11/12

88

In Support of the National Coalition

16/11/12

87

It’s Time to March to Damascus

9/11/12

86

Daraya Brothers in Grapes and Blood, Towards International Justice

2/11/12

85

God Is Great: He Supported his Worshippers, Made his Soldiers Mighty, and Defeated the Factions Alone

26/10/12

84

America, Is your Animosity not Satisfied with our Blood?

19/10/12

83

The Freemen of the Coast Are Achieving the Triumph

12/10/12

82

We Want Weapons, not Statements

5/10/12

81

Unifying the Free Syrian Army

28/9/12

80

Those Who the Prophet Loves Are Being Massacred in Syria

21/9/12

79

Idlib is the Grave of the Air Force and the Symbol of Victories

14/9/12

78

Homs Under Siege Is Calling You

7/9/12

77

Loyalty to Tripoli and the Free Lebanese

31/8/12

76

Daraa Don’t Be Sad, God Is with Us

24/8/12

75

Victory With United Free Army

17/8/12

74

Arm Us with Anti-Aircraft Weapons

10/8/12

73

Deir Ezzor: Victory Coming from the East

3/8/12

72

Uprising of the Two Capitals

27/7/12

71

Ramadan Victory in Damascus

20/7/12

70

Toppling Annan, the Servant Of Assad and Iran – Rage for The Martyrs of Tremseh

13/7/12

69

The Peoples’ Liberation War

6/7/12

68

We Are Sure God will Grant Us Victory

29/6/12

67

Governments Let Us Down, Where Are the People?

22/6/12

66

Full Preparation for Full Mobilization; Russia Is the Enemy of the Syrian People

15/6/12

65

Rebels and Merchants Hand in Hand Until Victory

8/6/12

64

The Children of Houla Are Torches of Triumph

1/6/12

63

Damascus, Our Date is Near

25/5/12

62

The Heroes of Aleppo University

18/5/12

61

Victory from God and Near Breakthrough

11/5/12

60

Our Salvation Is in Our Sincerity

4/5/12

59

God’s Order Has Come, So Don’t Hurry It

27/4/12

58

We Will Be Victorious and Al-Assad Will Be Defeated

20/4/12

57

Revolution for All Syrians

13/4/12

56

He Who has Equipped a Fighter has Himself Fought

6/4/12

55

The Arabs and Muslims have Let Us Down

30/3/12

54

We’re Coming, Damascus

23/3/12

53

Immediate Military Intervention

16/3/12

52

Loyalty to the Kurdish Uprising

9/3/12

51

Arming the Free Army

2/3/12

50

We Will Revolt for You Baba Amr

24/2/12

49

The People’s Resistance

17/2/12

48

Russia is Killing Our Children

10/2/12

47

Sorry Hama, Forgive Us

3/2/12

46

The Right of Self-Defense

27/1/12

45

Detainees of the Revolution

20/1/12

44

Support of the Free Syrian Army

13/1/12

43

If You Are with God, He Will Grant You Victory

6/1/12

42

Marching Towards the City Squares of Freedom

30/12/11

41

The Protocol of Death

23/12/11

40

The Arab League is Killing Us

16/12/11

39

The Dignity Strike

9/12/11

38

The Buffer Zone Is Our Demand

2/12/11

37

The Free Army Protects Me

25/11/11

36

Expulsion of Ambassadors

18/11/11

35

The Suspension of Membership Is our Demand [referring to the Arab League]

11/11/11

34

God Is Greater than All Tyrants

4/11/11

33

The No-Fly Zone

28/10/11

32

The Martyr of Arab Grace Period

21/10/11

31

The Free Army

14/10/11

30

The National Council Represents Me

7/10/11

29

Victory to Syria and Yemen

30/9/11

28

The Unity of the Opposition

23/9/11

27

Continuing Until Victory

16/9/11

26

International Protection

9/9/11

25

Death Rather than Humiliation

2/9/11

24

Patience and Persistence

26/8/11

23

Signs of Victory

19/8/11

22

We Will Not Kneel Except to God

12/8/11

21

God Is with Us

5/8/11

20

Your Silence Is Killing Us

29/7/11

19

The Descendants of Khalid (ibn Alwalid)

22/7/11

18

Prisoners of Freedom

15/7/11

17

No to Dialogue

8/7/11

16

Leave! [Bashar]

1/7/11

15

The Fall of Legitimacy

24/6/11

14

The Honorable – Saleh al-Ali

17/6/11

13

The Tribes

10/6/11

12

The Children of Freedom

3/6/11

11

Homeland Protectors [meaning Assad’s army]

27/5/11

10

Azadi [Kurdish for “freedom”]

20/5/11

9

Free Women

13/5/11

8

Defiance

6/5/11

7

Rage

29/4/11

6

Greatness

22/4/11

5

Persistence

15/4/11

4

Steadfastness

8/4/11

3

Martyrs

1/4/11

2

Glory

25/3/11

1

Dignity

18/3/11

Sources: Revolution News, Syrian Revolution Martyr Database, Yalla Souriya, Syria Comment, Occupy Antwerp.

To see video footage of each Friday protest compiled from sources throughout Syria, click here.

Source : http://notgeorgesabra.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/every-friday-new-slogans-of-the-peoples-revolution/

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