(Video added on 1 May 2014 from a different source:http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/syrian-expatriates-head-polls-presidential-vote
The remarkably high voter turnout in Lebanon grabbed headlines, with the Lebanese dailies publishing thorough analyses and opinion articles and TV channels hosting talking heads and pundits to elaborate on the event. Furthermore, the images of the huge crowds of Syrians went viral.
Wind taken out of March 14 sails
Like a thunderbolt did the scene of hundreds of thousands of Syrians marching to take part in presidential elections hit the March 14 forces, a Lebanese political alliance which professes deep-seated animosity towards Syria. Reeling from an unexpected shock and gripped by a paroxysm of fury, the March 14 forces went as far as calling for expelling the Syrians from Lebanon and incriminated having their names registered or numbered counted.
In the heat of their rage, the anti-Syria camp in Lebanon, represented by March 14, seems to have forgotten that it was it which took part, two years ago, in setting up tents for receiving the Syrians coming from across the border, with the clear intent to use them as a political bargaining chip.
Not a unique scene
However, the high voter turnout in Lebanon was not an exception. Syrians all over the world have displayed no less enthusiasm-taking into account the varying numbers of Syrian expatriates in each country -turning the Syrian embassies abroad into grand, awe-inspiring shows of patriotism.
No change in public sentiment
Anticipating a voter apathy or even a boycott of elections; wishful thinking that was soon dealt a severe blow, some countries and powers have been under the illusion that a shift might have occurred in the Syrian public sentiment, especially in those who left for neighboring countries whom they hoped to have harbored grudges -or worst still, ended up turncoats-against their own government and homeland.
The Syrian voters abroad, whose numbers have far exceeded expectations, turned out to choose their new president and, by association, to draw the future of their country. By so doing, the Syrians have by all accounts turned the table on those wagering on their diminished loyalty or waning patriotism.
The Syrians living abroad cast their ballots Wednesday, May 28, in a vote to choose a president. Three candidates are competing for the country's top post, including incumbent president Dr. Bashar al-Assad. The Syrians living inside Syria are set to vote on June 3.
Source of report was: M. Ismael, Damascus, Syrian Arab News Agence (Sana), May 30, 2014.
Mainstream news reports so far:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/05/28/this-is-what-the-syrian-election-looks-like-in-lebanon/ Here is a quote: "“The Syrian people will say their word in these elections, and their word is the one that counts," Ali Abdel-Karim Ali, the Syrian ambassador to Lebanon, Monday said. "Not Obama’s word, Cameron’s or Hollande’s.”"
And Global Research has an article by Tony Cartelucci, talking about how mainstream media, e.g. Reuters is misrepresenting this event and also that France is preventing expatriots from voting! "The West’s Weaponization of Democracy: Elections Pushed Ahead in Ukraine, Obstructed in Syria, So Mass Murder Can Continue."
And Rick Sterling in "Why are they afraid of the Syrian elections?": "France, Germany, Belgium and the Gulf States have all prohibited voting in the Syrian election. Syrian embassies in the US and Canada have been forced to close, removing the chance for Syrians living in these countries to vote."