Social media activists on Wednesday called for protests in the province of Suwayda against the deteriorating living conditions and the economic downturn resulting from the sharp decline in the value of the Syrian pound against the US dollar.
The Suwaida 24 news network reported calls by local activists on the residents to hold a sit-in protest in the Seir Square in central Suwaida under the title “We want to live’ to protest against the dire economic conditions.
Calls were also made for a week-long boycott of the purchase of basic foodstuffs, except for bread, starting from Saturday as an expression of the deep dissatisfaction with the deteriorating economic conditions.
The Syrian National Coalition earlier stressed that the Assad regime is mainly to blame for the economic meltdown having depleted the country’s resources in its war against the Syrian people.
The Coalition said that the only way out of the economic crisis and the the rest of the crises and disasters that the regime has inflicted on Syria is through a political solution restoring security and stability as well as achieving a real political transition in line with UN Security Resolution 225 and one that transitions the country to real democracy and guarantees freedom, justice, and dignity.
The calls for anti-regime protests came in response to the economic deterioration and a soaring inflation across the country. The public anger was further fueled by provocative statements by the Assad regime officials who insist that the economic conditions are good. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)