Surreal vote in Syria

This is like something out of a Bertolt Brecht play. As President Assad's forces gun down 31 more Syrian civilians, the country is going to the polls to approve a new constitution that could keep Assad in power until 2028. Reuters: Voting was under way in the referendum on a new constitution, which Assad says will lead to a multi-party parliamentary election in three months, but his opponents see as a sick joke given Syria's turmoil. "What should we be voting for, whether to die by bombardment or by bullets? This is the only choice we have," said Waleed Fares, an activist in the Khalidiyah district of Homs. "We have been trapped in our houses for 23 days. We cannot go out, except into some alleys. Markets, schools and government buildings are closed, and there is very little movement on the streets because of snipers," he said. He said another besieged and battered district, Baba Amro, had had no food or water for three days. "Homs in general has no electricity for 18...(Read Full Post)

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