Source: Eva Bartlett
A Syrian American friend, Johnny Achi, flew to Syria expressly to vote in the elections. Yesterday, in Douma, he told me:
“I'm a Syrian citizen and have lived in the United States for about 30 years. I'm here in Damascus to exercise my rights and duties as a Syrian citizen, since the US chose to close our embassies. As long as the embassies are closed, we're going to keep making the trip here, to exercise our duty and our democratic right.
I chose Douma, in eastern Ghouta, under the “rebels” until 2018, to show that there is a big turnout here, people are happy to be back in government controlled area. Everyone I talked to outside is so jubilant that they got rid of all of Jaysh al-Islam, Faylaq al-Rahman, and all those brigades that were making their lives miserable.
The United States will not accept any of the candidates. They decided that this election is illegal. Their excuse this time is how can you have a democratic election when you have land under occupation. But the land is occupied by Turkey and the United States. If they would leave us alone, we would have freed those three provinces and would have all fourteen provinces under Syrian control.
But this vote will help us liberate those provinces still under occupation.”
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