Some staunch opponents of the Syrian regime are suspicious of Akkar's Alawites
and believe that they are loyal to Assad.
pay a heavy price as they keep burying more of their own for fighting on the side of Assad's regime.
Killer love: The Alawites
and the West It seems the West is now fine with a minority, sectarian Alawite
rule of Syria.
These human rights violations have happened in the past, against Alawites
and Kurds, but it doesn't have as much reach as the Gezi protesters," Deliveli said, referring to Gezi Park, the sliver of green space in Taksim Square where the protests began.
The largely Sunni town is home to a small community of Alawites
, an offshoot of Shiite Islam to which Syrian President Bashar al-Assad belongs.
The rebel commander Abu Badih agrees: "We dont target the Alawites
but the regime s accomplices who live among all of the country s sectarian communities.
And the CHP lobbying initiative aims to put the sympathy of Turkish Alevis behind the Syrian regime by drawing parallels between Alawites
and Turkish Alevism.
also described the attitude of Baal-Mohsen Alawites
as mere reflections of a Baathist regime striving to establish a sectarian statelet of its own.
His status as a wanted man will create a distance between him and the population in that region of his family sanctuary; mainly Alawites
and Christians who won't want to carry his criminal burden or even defend him.
For their part, Alawites
in the city, whose support for the government is by no means universal, worry about vendettas and vengeance.
make up an estimated 20 percent of the population of Homs but as a result of preferential treatment by the state, hold 60 percent of the public sector jobs in the city.
France, whose mandate covered present-day Syria and Lebanon, applied a policy of divide and rule on the Syrian side by splitting it up into four autonomous administrations covering Damascus, Aleppo, the territory of the Alawites
and the mountains of the Druze community.