‘I’m popular because I lead a normal life’

Andrew Gilligan
Telegraph, London / WA Today

WHEN you go to see an Arab ruler, you expect vast, over-the-top palaces, battalions of guards, ring after ring of security checks and massive, deadening protocol

Syrians rally in support of Assad

Thousands of people take to the streets to support Syrian president Bashar al-Assad as he faces increasing pressure to end a bloody crackdown on demonstrators

You expect to wait hours in return for a few stilted minutes in a gilded reception room, surrounded by officials, flunkies and state TV cameras. You expect a monologue, not a conversation. Bashar al-Assad, the president of Syria, was quite different.

We drove straight up to a single-storey building the size of a large suburban bungalow. The President was waiting in the hall to meet us.

In his small study, Assad was wearing jeans. It was Friday, the main protest day in Syria. But the man at the centre of it all, the man they wanted to destroy, looked pretty relaxed.

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  1. Harry Van Der Lynn

    There is no doubt that President Assad has a solid block of supporters but to what extent are they representative of the total Syrian people?

  2. I do not know whom or what to believe.
    After so much misleading information that has flowed from the western media over the past 15 years re the Middle East, how can any person, trying to fathom what is happening in Syria know which side holds the moral ground.?