Syrian dissent yet to fully ignite in Damascus

Despite the violence growing in the suburbs surrounding Damascus, residents in Syria's capital have yet to rise up in the manner of their rural counterparts, writes Stephen Starr.

1st September, 2012
A Syrian opposition fighter brandishes an AK-47 rifle in Syria's northern city of Aleppo. Photo: Getty

Despite the violence growing in the suburbs surrounding Damascus, residents in Syria's capital have yet to protest in the same manner as those from the countryside.

A mixture of fear, weariness and genuine support for the ruling authorities has seen the city lag far behind other areas in their opposition to the regime, thus impeding the possibile success of the revolt.

"Damascus was never going to get involved directly in the revolt," said a political...

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