In the heart of Suwayda, the anti-regime demonstrations continue to unfold in Karama Square, marking their sixtieth consecutive day this Monday. The foremost demands of the demonstrators remain centered on political change and the overthrow of the regime.
On Monday, a group of demonstrators gathered in front of the entrance to the Sports Federation building in Suwayda, where they chanted popular songs and slogans. This was in response to reports circulating about Firas Mualla, the head of the regime’s General Sports Federation, and his efforts to mobilize employees and exert pressure on them to partake in a march in support of the Assad regime.
In response, the demonstrators blocked the entrance to the Sports Federation building with flaming tires, following the Federation’s call for a march in solidarity with Gaza against the Israeli occupation’s aggression. The intent behind this march, initiated by regime supporters, appeared to be an endeavor to later transform it into a demonstration in support of the Assad regime.
Activists in the villages situated along the Damascus-Suwayda road had previously issued warnings that the road would be obstructed at multiple points on Monday, with the aim of preventing the entrance of the head of the General Sports Federation affiliated with the Assad regime.
These activists underlined that the calls for a demonstration in solidarity with Gaza in Suwayda were not genuinely directed at expressing solidarity with the Gaza Strip. Instead, they were viewed as a desperate and new attempt to create an impression that the people in Suwayda are backing the regime. For nearly two months now, Suwayda has been witnessing persistent demonstrations advocating for political change and the implementation of UN resolutions.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)