Ghost of Hafez al-Assad haunts Syrian refugees in Turkey

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To all Syrians, the name of Hafez al-Assad was always associated with fear and horror, which predominated his years in power. This explained why his statutes and pictures were damaged at the beginning of the 19-month-old uprising against his son. It was the people’s reaction to the long years of fear and dictatorship.

Pictures of the Turkish look-alike were posted on the Facebook pages of many Syrians, accompanied by funny and satirical comments, mocking the late dictator

Some commentators found it a good opportunity to seek revenge – even verbally – from the late president, who forced the Syrians to chant “Forever Hafez al-Assad” during his reign.

The history is full of examples, where blood-thirsty people remain a nightmare even after they pass away, similar to ‘Dracula’.

Similarly, some Russian villagers believe that Stalin is still alive, years after his death. And the same applies to some Iraqis who tell funny stories about Saddam Hussein, fearing that he might seek revenge if comes back.

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