Protestors in the liberated areas renewed their demands for the departure of the Assad regime along with all its symbols and pillars as well as for the withdrawal of Qaeda from Syria.
Syrian civilians renewed their demands in demonstrations that swept across the liberated areas on Friday.
Demonstrators in the town of Sarqeb in rural Idlib held placards reading "revolution until victory" and “we will bring Assad down no matter how long it takes.”
The town of Maarat al-Nu'man in rural Idlib witnessed the biggest demonstrations against the Assad regime and Al-Nusra Front, the Qaeda franchise in Syria. Demonstrators raised placards denouncing Bashar al-Assad and Al-Nusra Front.
In rural Aleppo, civilians took to the streets of the towns of Al-Bab and Biza’a, renewing calls for the toppling of the Assad regime. Protestors also condemned the practices of Haiyat Tahrir Al-Sham (formerly Al-Nusra Front) in the liberated areas, including the detention and mistreatment of civilians and activists as well as the targeting of the Free Syrian Army groups.
Demonstrators in the town of Biza’a called on the Free Syrian Army groups to unify and oust the terrorist militias of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) from northern rural Aleppo.
More demonstrations also were recorded in Dara’a province and eastern Ghouta in Rural Damascus. Protestors called for the immediate release of the detainees and the disclosing the fate of the forcibly disappeared under the Assad regime. They also reaffirmed their rights to freedom and dignity by overthrowing the Assad regime and its symbols.
The implementation of international resolutions calling for bringing about a political transition in Syria is only achievable through the departure of Bashar Assad and the pillars of his regime, said Nasr al-Hariri, head of the delegation of the opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) to Geneva talks.
In an interview with the New Arab newspaper on Thursday, Hariri said that a political transition "cannot take place with the presence of a criminal like Bashar al-Assad.” He stressed that “to say that we entered the stage of political transition, the head of the regime and its symbols must step aside in the beginning of the transitional period." (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media + Agencies)
The Syrian Coalition on Friday concluded the participatory policy-making program it developed for the areas of education, health and the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in cooperation with the National Democratic Institute (NDI).
The Coalition representatives in the Turkish city of Gaziantep participated in the final session of the workshop, which included a series of sub-workshops aimed at examining these three areas and coming up with practical suggestions to improve the conditions of work in these areas.
The final session of the workshop saw the participation of representatives of friendly countries, the United Nations, and international donors. The Coalition’s Secretary-General Nazir Hakim, ministers of health and education in the Syrian Interim Government (SIG), Director of International Cooperation, and Director of the Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU) also participated in the final sub-workshop.
The meeting reviewed the policy papers which were laid out to address the three areas. The papers were the outcome of a series of workshops that were held over a span of several months with the participation of SIG, civil society organizations as well as local and foreign experts and researchers.
Participants discussed the implementation of these policies in order of priority as well as produced many policy documents that were presented and promoted during the final workshop.
Participants expressed their determination to effectively implement these participatory policies and implement the outputs of these workshops with the aim of serving all citizens across Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)