Insight: Oct 30

In the penultimate Insight episode for the year, host Jenny Brockie speaks to Syrian-Australians affected by the conflict in the Middle East.

In a passionate and at times volatile discussion, Syrian Australians on all sides of the political divide join Insight to look at how the faraway war in Syria is hitting close to home.

Syria has been embroiled in civil war since rebels staged an armed uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule 18 months ago. A recent spate of assaults on Syrian military and government installations has sparked some of the fiercest fighting yet between rebels and the Syrian Army, in a conflict that activists say has killed more than 32,000 people.

As the fighting and divisions worsen, tensions are simmering in Australian neighbourhoods.

A number of Syrian Australian supporters of the Assad regime say they’re being intimidated into silence, reporting mysterious knocks on doors and a bashing in broad daylight. Claims and counter-claims are being traded freely and bitterly.

Tuesday 30 October 8.30pm on SBS ONE.

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