Assad supporters choose to vote in blood at polling stations

Assad supporters choose to vote in blood at polling stations
Wed Jun 4, 2014 09:06:13

Some Syrian supporters of President Bashar Assad have marked their ballots in blood as they voted in presidential elections.

On Tuesday, they pricked their fingers with pins in a symbolic act of allegiance and patriotism.
Millions of Syrians pledged renewed allegiance to Assad as they voted across government-controlled parts of the country.
Many said that re-electing Assad would give the Syrian leader more legitimacy to find a solution to the devastating three-year conflict that activists say has killed more than 160,000 people, about a third of whom were civilians.
The balloting is only taking place in government-controlled areas and Assad's win  would give him a third seven-year term in office, tighten his hold on power and likely further strengthen his determination to crush the insurgency in the country.
The vote is also Syria's first multi-candidate presidential election in more than 40 years and is being touted by the government as a referendum measuring Syrians' support for Assad.

string(709) "[{"id":"1597455","sort":"3212507","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2014/05/26/alalam_635366917967563239_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Syrians eager to cast vote in presidential poll"} ,{"id":"1599551","sort":"3212508","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2014/06/03/alalam_635373995934671932_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Syrians vote in presidential election: Video"} ,{"id":"1599566","sort":"3212509","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2014/06/03/alalam_635373987122560809_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"In picture: Polls open in Syria's presidential vote"} ,{"id":"1599664","sort":"3212510","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2014/06/03/alalam_635374091405178263_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Syrians flock to Lebanon border to vote despite expelling warnings"} ]"