This Is What It Looks Like When A Brutal Dictator Starts Using Instagram

It looks eerily, disturbingly mundane. Here’s what Syrian President and serial human rights abuser Bashar al-Assad has been using his new Instagram account for.

1. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Instagram page is full of photos with hospital patients.

2. Photos with Assad as he meets with Syrian citizens in public.

3. Photos of Assad waving to Syrians tagged #Syria #Bashar #Assad.

4. Photos of Assad shaking hands with local religious leaders.

5. Photos of Assad’s wife, Asma al-Assad, meeting with the elderly and Syrian children.

7. And photos of Assad navigating through throngs of people at various rallies.

8. According to Amnesty International, Syrian forces under Assad’s command committed crimes against humanity during the 2011 uprising against President Assad’s regime.

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Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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