World Bulletin/News Desk
Secretary General of "We are All Syrians" Conference Youssef Bassem, an opposition member with an Alawite background, has said that Bashar al-Assad is losing Nusayris' support.
"Approximately 20 percent of the Alawite population in the country has been supporting Bashar al-Assad, but now they do want Assad to go, too. The other 60 percent of the group is remaining silent because of fear from the regime. Besides that, the rest like us opposes the regime," Bassem told Turkish press in an exclusive interview on Saturday.
Noting that they were not able to make the silent group stand next to them, Bassem blamed the regime's statements for it.
"The regime does not want to see them among opposition groups, and they are reviling those groups using sectarian words. The regime is claiming that they are defending the Alawite but those people have nowhere left to go" he said.
Bassem stated that Nusayris had opposed the regime initially in 1970 when Hafez al-Assad became the ruler of the country.
"We do not think that the opposition groups are fighting the regime in the sense of sectarian issue. We do consider it as a resistance against the regime," Bassem told.
Touching on the massacre that was carried out earlier in the coastal Sunni town of Banias which killed more than 50 people, Bassem said that Assad must have performed such a massacre to gain more time.
"Assad has no more power to commit ethnic cleansing. Alawites relieved the burden of people who were affected by the incident in the city, and that is what Assad is worrying about now," Bassem said.
Meanwhile, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu had met with the opposition figures with Alawite background representing "We are All Syrians" Conference on May 14, in Ankara, the Turkish capital.Last Mod: 18 Mayıs 2013, 14:32