The province of Raqqa saw new demonstrations against the militia of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) because of their continued violations against civilians as well as the security and military coordination with the Assad regime.
Demonstrators, who gathered in front of the Hamza mosque in the town of Tabqa after Friday prayers, chanted for freedom and the overthrow the Assad regime. They condemned plans to allow regime forces to return to the town.
Another anti-PYD demonstration was staged in the neighborhood of Rumaila in Raqqa city, to which the PYD militia responded by live fire. Demonstrators denounced the PYD militias’ actions and their forced recruitment campaigns against young people in the province.
The Syrian Coalition last week condemned the violations and repressive acts being carried out by the PYD militia against Syrian civilians, particularly the arrests of women and children in the city of Raqqa during the past few days.
The Coalition said that these acts are but some of the repressive acts of the Assad regime’s that the PYD militia is using with the aim of terrorizing and intimidating the Syrian people.
The Coalition said that the PYD militias dispersed demonstrations in Raqqa by live bullets and arrested participants. It denounced the PYD’s beating, humiliation and insulting of women, the repression of civilians and crackdown on activists and dissidents. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)