Syrian Revolution Flag Stickers campaign in Damascus

21 July 2013

The Damascus University branch of the Union of Free Syrian Students and the coordination committees of Mazze, Baramke and Muhajirin organized a campaign for students to paste stickers of the revolutionary flag throughout the Syrian capital. The neighborhoods targeted in the campaign were: Al-Adawi, Abbasid, Baramka, Afif, Muhajirin, Mazze, Midan, Salihiya, Baghdad Street, Rukn al-Din and Birniya Street.

The goals of the campaign, which took place on July 15, were to assert the presence of nonviolent resistance against the regime, and to keep the origins of the revolution alive in Damascus, which is said to be under regime control.

Activists placed the stickers, which were about the size of a palm, everywhere they could in the city. That included electrical poles, advertising boards, walls, cars, in public gardens and on the doors of schools.

Regime forces have come to believe that nonviolent activity has disappeared in light of the militarization of the revolution, and these activists were keen to prove that they were wrong. Security forces were seen trying to remove the stickers before they grabbed too much attention from passersby.

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the campaign is that the activists targeted areas in the heart of Damascus. This shows that the security apparatus is not as strong as it used to be. For example, some activists placed stickers next to a regime army checkpoint on Baghdad Street in the center of the capital.


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