On Monday the United Nations high commander for human rights officially raised the death toll in Syria to 5,000 anti-government activists. For those who aren’t aware of the current situation happening in the middle east , for months activists have been protesting against the current government in place in Syria. It all started back in March of 2011. After two young kids were arrested for writing anti-government graffiti, the townsfolk help a peaceful protest against the regime under Bashar Al-Assad. This was greeted with a violent crackdown that ended up killing 6 protesters. Ever since this instance more and more demonstrations and protests have popped up all around the country, prompting harsher and harsher crackdowns by the government.
This isn’t the first time this country has seen these types of crackdowns. In fact it’s not even the first time the Al-Assad family is behind these government crackdowns. In February of 1982 Hafez Al-Assad, father of Bashar and leader of Syria at the time, issued an attack on the city of Hama in order to stifle an uprising by the Sunni regime Muslim Brotherhood. Initial reports claimed that only 1,000 perished, but as more information gathered the estimates were put between 20,000-40,000.
Both of these atrocities are exactly what Mill was afraid of when he talked about free speech. It is because of free speech that issues like this don’t occur. If the people were allowed to express their discontent with the government then this conflict would
Although the numbers from this current day struggle don’t compare to that of the Hama Massacre in the 80’s, this still cannot be ignored. tensions are rising between the government and it’s citizens and it’s only a matter of time