A panel titled “Arab Spring in Its Tenth Year,” jointly organized by Art, Culture and Sports Department and Political Science Club, was held online on Saturday December 26.
In the panel, participants discussed different aspects of Arab Spring and the developments that occurred in a decade.
“Arab Spring in Its Tenth Year” panel moderated by Assoc. Prof. Talha Köse, Head of IHU Political Science and International Relations Department and SETA Coordinator, witnessed the participation of Assist. Prof. Hakkı Öcal, Head of IHU Media and Communication Department, Dr. Heba Raouf, Faculty Member of IHU Alliance of Civilizations, and Lina Shamy, Activist and MA student of Political Science Department.
Speaking in the panel Hakkı Öcal explained his first-hand experiences on the developments in Middle East. Emphasizing that the Arab geography has been ruled by repressive regimes for years, Öcal said “Unfortunately, the Arab Spring did not bring democracy and peace for almost any country in the region. In many places the situation has even worsened. Syria and Egypt are examples of this.” He added that it is easy to initiate a revolution or social movement, but it is so hard to be sustained.
The Faculty Member of IHU Alliance of Civilizations Institute Dr. Heba Raouf, who has witnessed the events took place in Egypt’s Tahrir Square, explained that the peaceful demonstrations in Egypt were terrorized by the regime there. Raouf underlined that a similar situation is observed in Syria where the political and military actors, who do not want a change to happen, have violently repressed the peaceful protests.
She noted that the Arab Spring has not come to an end in any country and predicted that this political process will continue in different ways.
Speaking in the panel, Lina Shamy focused more on the events’ impact on Syria. She said: “While spring was spreading with a domino effect, what happened in Egypt and Tunisia was not possible for Syria.” Shamy added that the spring’s spread in Syria was unexpected. she also criticized the world’s quiet stance towards these crimes against the humanity, pointing out the Asad Regime’s actions against civilians.
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