We've all been following the Syrian uprising and we've seen the fear barrier broken in all cities accross Syria from small towns like Daraa and Bayda, and even in the capital and Homs. But surprisingly, Aleppo, Syria's largest city, has been relatively quite.
Aleppo, the oldest city in the world, lies in the North of the country, near the Turkish border. It has some of the world's most beautiful historical architecture. It's population is diverse, consisting of Arabs, Kurds, Armenians and others. It has Muslims, Christians and Jews all living peacefully. It is a bustling city with vast farm lands as well. There was once a disagreement on whether Halab should actually be the capital.
Through out history, because of its geographic location, Halab became a business town, where traders from all over the world would come to trade merchandise. Today it remains a hub for commerce and agriculture.
So the question is, why is Aleppo not joining the protests as much as other areas? I have scowered the internets to find evidence of protests, and while there are protests, they seem to be small and isolated. In fact, I have not seen anything since the 23 of April, meaning that Halab has been quite while Daraa has been underseige.
I hypothisize that this is due to one or more reasons:
- There have been widespread detentions in Halab leading to fear of people going out?
- There is an extremely large Mukhabarat presence in Halab?
- Cell phones have been confiscated?
- People in Halab are not as interested in over throwing the Government as other towns? I doubt this.
- They are too busy running their businesses?
I don't know how else to explain their absence. It is obvoius that if Halab were to join with force, Assad and his criminal mafia would be done.
If you have any ideas please comment.