Syria Video: Madaya’s Alternative Elections Choose “Deadly Starvation” and “Airstrikes”

PHOTO: Who would win real elections in Syria’s besieged towns?

On Wednesday, the Assad regime staged Parliamentary elections, hoping to give the impression of legitimacy amid political talks about a resolution of Syria’s five-year crisis. Videos and photographs were arranged to show lines of voters. A regime official was converted into a “local candidate” to declare that even opposition-held areas were eagerly joining the ballot.

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But not everyone joined in. Instead, teenagers in the besieged town of Madaya — where scores have died from starvation and lack of medical care amid a nine-month siege by the Syrian military and Hezbollah — held their own “election”.

They passed up the chance to support the regime’s candidates. Instead, they opted for “Deadly Starvation”, “Deadly Illness”, and “Airstrikes”.

One of the participants, explains, “We are trying to respond to the theatrics of the regime in the capital.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


  1. The “rebels” are holding the residents hostage.
    If you want to investigate death, destruction and starvation go to Yemen. Thousands of innocent Yemenis being slaughtered and starved by Saudi airstrikes.


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