Tuesday, 30 Oct 12
A faraway conflict hits home.
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In a passionate and at times volatile discussion, Syrian Australians on all sides of the political divide join Insight to give us their take on the fighting in their home country, and speak out about how it’s affecting the communities here.
Syria has been embroiled in civil war since rebels staged an armed uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule 18 months ago. A recent spate of assaults on Syrian military and government installations has sparked some of the fiercest fighting yet between rebels and the Syrian Army, in a conflict that activists say has killed more than 32,000 people. As the violence and divisions worsen, tensions are simmering in some Australian neighbourhoods.
A number of Syrian Australian supporters of the Assad regime say they’re being intimidated into silence, reporting mysterious knocks on doors and a bashing in broad daylight. Claims and counter-claims are being traded freely and bitterly.
Producer: Fanou Filali
Associate Producer: Hannah Meagher
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