On Twitter, opponents of the Syrian president denounce the elections as a sham.
1. Syria announced today that presidential elections will be held on June 3. Syrian President Bashar al Assad has not yet formally announced his candidacy — but in Syria’s current climate, the announcement of elections means Assad has already won.
ali othman @othm_ali Follow
صورة ل هاشتاغ #انتخبوا_العرص_ابن_العرص#سورية #Syrie #Syria
3. Memes like these have been making the rounds in Syrian social media for months since the government began circulating reports that it would hold presidential elections — with a win for Assad expected from the start.
sheriff @sheriff234 Follow
حسبي الله ..!#بشار #سوريا #انتخبوا_العرص_ابن_العرص @syriatweet
5. “The strongest candidate: Elect me.”
Rare Gold @raregold2727 Follow
#Assad's election campaign 2014. We didn't elect him before nor will we now#WithSyria #AssadCrimes#Syria#geneva2
7. “Bashar al Assad’s election campaign… Elect the president of the kingdom of destruction and death.”
Prince Leo @Prince_Leo_1978 Follow
2014 presidential elections in #Syria #SaveSyria #hrw #UNSC #BarackObama #SenJohnMcCain #USA #UK #UN #Assad
9. In 2011, uprisings known as the Arab Spring appeared to shake the region’s political status quo. Now, three years later, this spring Syria, Algeria, Egypt, and Lebanon have held or will hold presidential elections expected to have the opposite effect.
Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/miriamberger/syria-is-holding-presidential-elections-and-the-internet-is
Syria Is Holding Presidential Elections And The Internet Is Not Amused