Syrian Opposition Leader on Country's Future, One Year after Protests Began

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Syrians queue for bread outside a bakery in Qusayr, 15 kms (nine miles) from Homs, on March 1, 2012. Syrian rebels were still holding out more than 24 hours into a ground assault by regime forces aga Syrians queue for bread outside a bakery in Qusayr, nine miles from Homs. (GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/Getty)

Today is the one-year anniversary of the protest movement in Syria. While the Arab Spring brought regime change to Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has retained his grip on power. Syrian forces loyal to President Assad have stepped up attacks across the country. Yesterday, government forces began raiding Dara'a, the city where the uprising against the president began. In the last year, Syrian forces have killed more than 8,000 people, according to the United Nations. The international community can’t seem to agree on a solution, and the opposition movement is fractured. What's ahead for Syria?

 

Joining us is Samir Aita, a Syrian economist, journalist and opposition leader. He is also the founder of the Syria Democratic Forum.

Guests:

Samir Aita

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

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