What can be more dangerous than a gun? Arguably words have always been one of the most powerful weapons used throughout history to create change.
One example of many was during the French revolution. Leaders found music a key tool for influencing the way people thought and felt. Laws were created as a result of the revolution that allowed the audience to shout and sing republican slogans in theaters, they inspired composers to write revolutionary music.
Very quickly France’s modern day national anthem - Le Marseillaise - was the revolution’s most famous song.
Moving forward to the present day, music has played a vastly significant role in the Syrian uprising, allowing people to express and empty what they’ve bottled up under the Assad regime’s 40-year-rule.
During the protests, the drum beats and humming intermingled with the chants, which appeared to cause people to unite - projecting a strong aura which seemed to draw even more people to join the demonstrations.
Many Syrians were afraid to speak out publically after years of oppression under Assad’s rule. People who dared to were often detained without charge - some disappearing for great lengths of time, others were never seen again.
But the music being sung at the protests stimulated people’s minds and seemed to encourage them to demand and criticize - something foreign to Syrians living in the country.
In March 2011, Syrians across the country took to the streets after the children of Daraa, the province in southwestern Syria, were detained and tortured after writing anti-regime graffiti on a wall that read: “It’s your turn doctor [referring to President Bashar al-Assad]”.
The Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies (DCHRS) says guns were used to fire on unarmed civilians protesting in Daraa during the first 10 days of the uprising, which came to be named the “10 day Massacre.”
نستخدم ملفات الكوكيز لنسهل عليك استخدام مواقعنا الإلكترونية ونكيف المحتوى والإعلانات وفقا لمتطلباتك واحتياجاتك الخاصة، لتوفير ميزات وسائل التواصل الاجتماعية ولتحليل حركة المرور لدينا...اعرف أكثر