Transcribed from the 2 April 2016 episode of This is Hell! Radio(Chicago) and printed with permission. Edited for space and readability. Listen to the full interview:
“The movement has shown very clearly that they will not accept fascism, and their struggle is against all authoritarianism. They’re not going to replace one authoritarian state with another.”
Chuck Mertz: A little over five years ago, small groups of Syrians broke out into peaceful protests asking for democratic reforms. The protesters were greeted by the state with violence. The protests continued, and as they grew, so did the brutality of the security forces supporting Bashar al-Assad. Here to tell us how Syrians wanted democracy but instead face annihilation, Leila Al Shami and Robin Yassin-Kassab are co-authors of Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War.
Leila was a founding member of Tahrir-ICN, a network that connects anti-authoritarian struggles across the Middle…
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