Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Could the Druze Minority Tip the Scales of Syria’s Revolution?

By Mona Alami

"BEIRUT, Mar. 26, 2012 (IPS) - The Druze stronghold of Sweida, Syria, witnessed several pro-democracy protests last week. While the movement remains marginal, it is charged with symbolism: the Druze have long been considered the "spiritual cousins" of the Alawites, the religious group to which the Assad family belongs.

The question now on the table is whether or not the recent outbursts of Druze opposition to the regime could be a tipping point in favour of the Syrian revolutionaries...."

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