Demonstrations originate as street gatherings that protest and declare stances toward causes. They had been totally absent from Syrian streets, and in their place were marches. Marches, in turn, became a hallmark of political life during the age of tyranny.
In that time, the public’s participation in a march did not reflect their own desires; instead participation showed submission to the march’s organizers. This meaning completely differs from today’s demonstrations, which are based on the right of freedom of expression.
With the revolution, demonstrations have regained their natural inspiration, as the people involved have grown eager for emancipation from an oppressive regime. Despite the brutality that confronts participants, demonstrations now have an air of festivity. Demonstrations have become a microcosm of the dichotomy between joy in the face of violence on the one hand, and the violence itself and willingness to kill on the other hand. The unbalanced struggle resembles a face-off between a deer and a lion.
The cruelty of the regime has prohibited a central public space for people to gather. Instead they compromise by utilizing fields and spaces all over the country. There are now hundreds of locations where weekly demonstrations, or celebrations, occur. It is clear that peoples’ spirits have strengthened as they grow hopeful and unafraid of challenges. The fear that used to lead them through the regime’s marches has been extinguished.