Thousands of Syrians took to the streets in several towns and cities in Syria to demonstrate against the Assad regime a few hours after the nationwide Russian-Turkish brokered ceasefire took effect on Thursday midnight.
The biggest demonstrations on Friday dubbed “The revolution brings us together,” were held in the towns of Sarmada, Maart Alnouman, Saraqib, Maarshamsha, Altih, Hazzano, and Kafranbil in rural Idlib. Demonstrators held placards and chanted slogans calling on the rebel and FSA groups to unite and reaffirming commitment to the goals of the revolution and the removal of the Assad regime.
Demonstrators in the town of Douma in Rural Damascus reiterated support for the FSA and called for the overthrowing of the Assad regime. They also called for pressure on the Assad regime and its allies to stop its brutal assault on Wadi Barada valley in Rural Damascus, where activists reported several violations of the ceasefire by regime forces and their allied foreign militias.
Demonstrators stressed the importance of the revival of anti-regime popular movement and the return of demonstrations to all Syrian towns and cities as a ceasefire has been reached. These demonstrations are important to send a message to the international community that the Syrian people continue to reject the survival of Assad and his regime.
Similar demonstrations took place in Dara’a province where demonstrators demanded the overthrow of the Assad regime and the withdrawal of the Iranian-backed foreign militias and the Russian forces out of all Syrian territory.
The demonstrations came less than one day after a Russian-Turkish nationwide ceasefire was announced on Thursday midnight. The announcement was welcomed worldwide with many countries expressing hope the ceasefire will allow the resumption of the political process and put an end to the war the Assad regime and its allies have been waging against the Syrian people for nearly six years.
The Syrian Coalition called on the Syrian people in Syria and in the diaspora to make the day of Friday, December 30, an occasion to renew commitment to the revolution and its goals of freedom, dignity and ending tyranny in all its forms in Syria.
The Coalition on Thursday expressed appreciation for efforts to reach the ceasefire in Syria, especially efforts made by Turkey. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Office)