On Monday, the Syrian government made it official: Presidential elections will take place on June 3, despite the civil war that has been devastating the country for the past three years.
The news didn't take many by surprise. President Bashar al-Assad's term in office is almost over, and it appears he's already began campaigning. Many don't expect any surprises from the election either, with the opposition calling the election farcical and White House spokesman Jay Carney saying Assad was “making a mockery of his own pretensions to be a democratically elected leader.”
For journalists, activists, and observers of the Syrian war (many of whom can remember Assad getting 97 percent in a 2007 election), it's a grim yet ridiculous moment. Over the past few days the hashtag #AssadCampaignSlogans has sprung up, that taking a macabre look at an election that will be held after over 100,000 have died, with little real alternative to Assad's Ba'ath Party, and while accusations of state use of barrel bombs and chemical weapons still resonate.
"My family has megatons of experience" #AssadCampaignSlogans— Free Syrian (@redstatemuslim) April 21, 2014
"Because Syria can't barrel bomb itself." #AssadCampaignSlogans— Nader (@DarthNader) April 21, 2014
"Vote for the blood Ba'ath". #Assadcampaignslogans— Ahmed Kadry (@AhmedKadry) April 21, 2014
Keep the Homs Fires Burning #AssadCampaignSlogans— AletheiaLibya (@AletheiaLibya) April 21, 2014
Harnessing chemicals to build a brighter future. #AssadCampaignSlogans— Murtaza Hussain (@MazMHussain) April 21, 2014
And another tweet from last week that takes aim at the lack of choice for voters:
For many more, check Twitter.