Modal close

Dear Democracy Now! visitor,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power. Democracy Now! brings you crucial reporting like our coverage from the front lines of the standoff at Standing Rock or news about the movements fighting for peace, racial and economic justice, immigrant rights and LGBTQ equality. We produce our daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation—all without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How is this possible? Only with your support. If every visitor to this site in December gave just $10 we could cover our basic operating costs for 2017. Pretty exciting, right? So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else in 2017.

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Topics

Funeral for Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad

StoryJune 13, 2000
Watch iconWatch Full Show

The body of the late Syrian President Hafez al-Assad was borne through vast crowds of mourners today aboard a gun carriage, with his son and successor Bashar following behind.

A double line of troops kept crowds back as the fleet of black limousines containing the new leadership followed the coffin, which was resting on an artillery piece towed by a truck full of soldiers.

Bashar, still with no official government title but headed for the presidency after a referendum expected in July, led the mourners walking behind the coffin.

Also visible was his younger brother Maher, Assad’s younger brother Jamil and government officials, including the Defense Minister and armed forces chief.

Conspicuously absent at the start of the funeral was Vice President Abdel-Halim Khaddam, who legally assumed the powers of acting president on Assad’s death last Saturday but had not been seen in public since.

Guests:

  • Nicholas Blanford, of the Daily Star of Lebanon, Lebanon’s only English language daily.
  • Lisa Wedeen, author of ??Ambiguities of Domination: Politics, Rhetoric and Symbolism in Contemporary Syria (published by University of Chicago Press, 1999).

Related link:


The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.

Make a donation