Days before the 2021 presidential elections in Syria, people have performed their own presidential vote in order to protest what is believed to be sham elections where Bashar Al-Assad is likely to win for a fourth round.
Despite Germany’s ban on holding elections in the Syrian embassy in Berlin; opposition figures residing in the city insisted on showing their stand against the upcoming illegitimate presidential elections.
Watch it to the end:— Omar Abu Layla (@OALD24) May 20, 2021
Although Germany has prevented Assad regime's embassy from holding elections in Germany, but Syrian refugees did it in their own way, watch the video: pic.twitter.com/AiL3Y0dLBu
In the video released, a man seems to come to a poll station where a three electoral commission is welcoming voters sitting there; The three men hand the voter a ballot bearing three mockery names and photos of Bashar Al-Assad. The man makes his choice then throws the paper in a garbage basket that has Syria’s president’s photos tapped on it.
A photo of the fake ballot was also shared on Twitter which read: Syrian Arab Republic; ballot card for Syria presidential elections 2021-2028. However, the photos and the nicknames are all for the current Syrian president Al-Assad, who is predicted to re-win for another 7 years.
This is our election for the dictator pic.twitter.com/o2G4APl9TS— Moro Ali (@Moro_Alali) May 23, 2021
Syria Constitutional Court announced months ago 3 applicants including Bashar Assad, out of 51 for candidacy to run for coming Syrian presidential elections which will take place tomorrow, May 26th.
Candidates are Abdullah Salloum Abdullah, who is an ex-member of Syria’s legislative authority; Mahmoud Ahmad Marie, a part of UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva; and the current president Bashar Assad.
Syrian expatriates' protests in #Germany against the German government's ban on holding presidential elections at the Syrian embassy in Berlin.#Syria pic.twitter.com/AifsnLUQNa— Saimah Abdelnour (@AbdelnourSaimah) May 20, 2021
Some Syrians in Germany protested the government’s decision to forbid voting in the presidential elections in front of the Berlin embassy, while others traveled all the way from Germany to Belgium to cast their votes.
These are Syrian refugees in #Germany, which were prevented from voting in the mockery elections for Bashar al-Assad, crossed to Belgium to vote for this tyrant! Can someone explain to me WTAF is that?! Because it is beyond my ability to comprehend such disgrace. https://t.co/hHV0QTbxNL— Turiel (@FrauTuriel) May 23, 2021
In Lebanon, clashes between Syrian expats and Lebanese citizens took place in Tripoli after photos for Bashar Al-Assad were raised in the area following revealing the results of polls in the Syrian embassy in Lebanon.
Lebanese were furious about the large group of Syrians who raised al-Assad photos and voted for him in the sham presidential elections while escaping their country to live in Lebanon. However, some said that expats were forced to vote for Al-Assad because they fear for their lives even outside the border.
Video circulating in #Lebanon of attacks on supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad north of #Beirut as they head to #Syria’s embassy to cast ballots in Syria’s presidential elections pic.twitter.com/5sOrOIblRO— Bassem Mroue باسم مروه (@bmroue) May 20, 2021
In 2014, Presidential elections were held in Syria; Bashar Al-Assad was declared the winner after securing 88.7% of the votes. This year he is widely expected to win for another 7-year term.