Anti-Regime Demonstrations Flare Up in Dara’a Denouncing Forced Settlement Agreements
Dozens of people took to the streets of the city of Dara’a on Friday, raising the flag of the Syrian revolution and chanting slogans against the Assad regime and its forces. The Assad regime retook complete control of the province with Russian support several months ago.
The demonstrators held a sign that read “we denounce any form of agreement with the regime." Local activists said the protesters gathered in the courtyard of the Omari Mosque in central Dara’a, which has become one of the most outstanding symbols of the Syrian revolution.
The demonstrators demanded the immediate release of all detainees in the prisons of the Assad regime. They also denounced the so-called reconciliation deals that the Assad regime imposed on them, with one of the sings reading “eight years of bloodletting end in a failed reconciliation."
The protestors denounced residents of Dara’a who joined the ranks of the Assad forces. They held a placard that read “our sons are honorable. Those who joined the ranks of the regime do not belong to us.”
Over the past several months, the Assad regime has carried out large-scale arrests targeting dozens of former Free Syrian Army fighters and former workers in the institutions of the revolution despite their acceptance of the regime’s offer for so-called reconciliation deals.
Observers said that today’s demonstrations will have consequences in the coming days as they will likely cause a change to the scene in the province which produced the first spark of the Syrian revolution in 2011. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)