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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.

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

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

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

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Photos of Assad shaking hands with local religious leaders.

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

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

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

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

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