Assad Takes Us On An Official Your Of His Syria: Photos Of Weirdness And State Control
TO Syria, then, for a government organised tour. The Associated Press’s photographer was shown cheering crowd loyal to President Assad. The snappers were sent to the city of Hama – a centre for anti-Assad protest. It’s buildings are deserted. No-one is on the street. The government has cut off electricity and communications. A rights group said eight babies died because their incubators lost power. But we never did see the hospital. Instead we saw the bodies of soldiers in a government-run hospital in the central city of Hama.
What do the photos tell us? They tell us that what we can see is as meaningful as what we cannot…
In this photo taken during a government organized tour, buildings are deserted in the central city of Hama, Syria, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011. In the besieged city of Hama, the government has cut off electricity and communications, a rights group said eight babies died because their incubators lost power. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)