Reports are flooding social media on the masses of Syrians participating (joyfully, singingly!) in the democratic elections in Syria today. On May 28 and 29, like images and reports abounded from around the world, in the countries which did not close Syrian embassies and prevent democracy.
Today, the streets of Syrian cities are filled with like images of Syrians decked-out in Bashar al-Assad clothes, waving Syrian flags, casting their votes, dancing in the streets. It looks ridiculously wonderful. [see also: Syrians Celebrate First Pluralistic Presidential Election]
The Damascus airport is reportedly packed with Syrians from abroad who’ve come for one day to simply cast their votes, unable to do so in the countries in which they reside, either because there is no Syrian embassy or because their right to vote has been vetoed by democracy-loving Presidents and PMs. Lebanon’s crossing into Syria was flooded with Syrians wishing to vote. Many tried to do so on May 28 & 29, but while the embassy did extend voting for an entire second day, they were still not able to accommodate all the Syrians waiting to vote. Time will tell whether these Syrians at the Lebanese crossing were permitted to enter Syria to vote, but from reports in previous days, it looks unlikely that the Lebanese authorities have allowed Syrians here to go to Syria, without consequences to their future residency in Lebanon.
That said, photos show the hoards of Syrians waiting in the heat, determined to exercise their right and to fight for the future of their country. This is patriotism, and real democracy, in action.
Another friend did caution that people are casting their votes and hurrying away from voting stations, due to threats made yesterday by armed terrorist groups in Syria that they would attack voting stations. But that said, the photos filling web pages show a people determined to decide their country’s future, determined to choose their own leader rather than have an exile leader delivered by the West. [see also: Is Washington Planning a Terrorist Operation against Syria on the Day of the Elections?]
Syria 24 English posted:
“Today is a decisive one for Syria history, ” Syria presidency candidate, Mr. Maher al-Hajar stresses.
“Syria is a sovereign state, we are free and no one decides our affairs instead of us. Syrians’ freedom by electing their president is the most important matter.”
Below are a collection of photos gleaned from the internet, with sources and venues when possible.
Mufti Ahmed Bader al-Din Hassoun casts his vote for the presidential elections. Syria 24 English
more photos here: Syria’s presidential elections, a historic turning point (photo report)
SCENES FROM LEBANON, WHERE SYRIANS FLOCKED TO THE BORDER TO TRY TO CROSS INTO SYRIA AND VOTE [photos from Bint Jbeil.org: