“It may be effective if the regime that you are campaigning against is insufficiently ruthless or powerful. If you win quickly, Facebook is the right tool to use. If not, it becomes much more dangerous.”
                                                                                                     —The New York Times

The political meets the social


This time line illustrates the story revolution and how social media is influencing  the political development of the uprisings. 

Plain Timeline

15 March: Dozens march in Damascus responding to a Facebook call for a Day of Dignity 

23 March: Activists say some 100 people are killed in the southern town of Daraa, the focus of protests

21 April: President Bashar Al-Assad ends the state of emergency, in force since 1963

22 April: Security forces reportedly shoot demonstrators, killing at least 80

6 May: Thousands of Syrians rally on the Day of Defiance

28 May: Pro-democracy activists call for fresh protests after the alleged torture and killing of a 13-year-old boy by security forces in Daraa

31 May: Assad announces amnesty for political prisoners

6 June: State television says "armed gangs" have killed 120 policemen in the town of Jisr al-Shughur; activists speak of a mutiny at the local security 

12 June: Troops seize the flash point of Jisr al-Shughur, saying they have found a mass grave containing the mutilated bodies of 10 security agents

18 June: Tanks enter a village bordering Turkey where 10,000 Syrians have sought refuge

19 June: Activists announce a "National Council" in opposition to the Damascus regime.

20 June: Assad says dialogue could lead to a new constitution and even end his Baath party's monopoly on power but refuses to instigate reforms amid 
"chaos." The opposition says the "revolution" is ongoing

28 June: The opposition rallies forces in Damascus

30 June 30: Hundreds of pro-democracy protesters demonstrate in Syria's second city, Aleppo

1 July: Security forces kill at least 28 people at a protest involving more than half a million in Hama

6 July: Amnesty International accuses the regime of crimes against humanity during a crackdown in the border town of Tal Kalakh in May

8 July: Thirteen civilians are killed by security forces a day after the US and French ambassadors visit Hama, where hundreds of thousands demonstrate

11 July: After an angry mob attacks the US and French embassies in Damascus, Washington says Assad is "not indispensable"

15 July: More than a million people take to the streets in two cities; at least 28 are killed by security forces, including 16 in Damascus

25 July: Syria's government adopts a draft law authorising the creation of political parties alongside the ruling Baath party

31 July: Security forces kill nearly 140 people when the army storms Hama to crush dissent on the eve of Ramadan; US President Barack Obama says he is "appalled".

1 August: At least 25 civilians are killed; Russia urges Syria to put an immediate stop to the use of force and repression

2 August: The EU extends to 30 its blacklist of individuals and businesses associated with repression in Syria

3 August: At least 30 are killed in an army bombardment of Hama. After weeks of dithering, the UN Security Council condemns the crackdown in a statement, but not a resolution

4 August: Assad issues a decree authorising political parties; France slams the decree as a "provocation"