Breaking the Silence: The Efforts of Syrian Activists to Organise and Mobilise Digitally Supported Protests
This chapter sheds light on the difference between the Daraa protests and the 15 March protests organised by the admins of the Syrian Revolution 2011 Facebook page. Why did one spark the revolution while the other only brought 50 activists to the streets? Drawing on the interviews with the administrator of the “Syrian Revolution 2011” Facebook page and the protesters who operated on the ground, it explores the first attempts of the Syrian activists to mobilise the public in Damascus and Daraa. The chapter, thus, demonstrates how variations in regime types and particularly in protesters’ repertoire of contention affected the way in which the activists used the technology.
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