Al Bawaba picked up on this trend for Syrian celebrities in support of Al-Assad in the early days of the Syrian uprising: The tide has not changed, this report would seem to corroborate.
Several Syrian actors and artists have appeared on television in recent days to express their full support for the current government and have also held several meetings to discuss ways to maintain unity and implement reforms under the current leadership.
Syrians recently issued a so-called “honor list,” which included the names of stars who have supported the president. This in contrast to Egypt, where several artists and actors were blacklisted for opposing the recent protests.
Syria’s list included many actors such as Abbas Al-Nouri, Sulaf Fawakherji, Suzan Najm El-Din, Fadia Khattab, Amal Arafa, Basem Yakhour, Wael Ramadan, Rashid Assaf, Durid Laham, George Wassouf, Nidal Sergio, Ayman Zaidan and Samo Zein.
The Syrian artists voiced support for reforms in order to secure their country’s future, security and prosperity.
They recently held a meeting with President Bashar Assad on May 15 to show solidarity with the regime and its policies. The artists said their meeting with President Assad was frank and addressed all concerns.
“The meeting underlined the role of artists in social reform and promoting awareness and the need to reflect reality to help solve problems,” said Suzan Najm El-Din on Syrian state television.
Actress Sulaf Fawakherji appeared on TV with her husband Wael Ramadan where she claimed the president discussed the solutions put forward by the artists.
In appreciation of their sacrifices, several artists visited injured army and security personnel at Tishreen Military Hospital.
Syrian singer Asala Nasri surprised many with her statements against Assad and his regime. She confirmed her support for the Syrian revolution.
By DIANA A-JASSEM