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Syria: revolt can bring hope

Issue No. 2495

Refugees crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece

Refugees crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece (Pic: Guy Smallman)

From the US to Russia, the world’s imperialist powers are carving up Syria at the Vienna “peace conference”.

Whatever the outcome, it will not bring peace or social justice for ordinary Syrians who’ve already suffered four years of brutal civil war.

But the horror that’s gripping Syria was not inevitable—and the real solution still lies with the masses.

The Syrian revolution that began five years ago was a genuine popular revolt from below.

Thousands took to the streets against the dictator Bashar al-Assad, inspired by the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions.

But Assad launched a sectarian civil war, which allowed groups such as Isis to grow.

After the killings in Paris Western imperialist powers—including Britain—joined the bombing. Along with Russia, Iran, Turkey and other regional players, they are involved in a dangerous imperialist clash.

But under the cover of a ceasefire, ordinary people have taken to the streets again demanding justice. In Egypt smaller protests and strikes are breaking out too.

While not on the same scale as the Arab Spring, these protests show the potential for revolutionary change from below.

The imperialists and dictators may have crushed the flowers, but they cannot stop the Spring.

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