Anti-regime protests have been renewed in rural Suwayda, with protestors condemning the deteriorating living conditions and the regime’s failure to provide basic services. Residents of the town of Maleh in eastern rural Suwayda organized a protest on Sunday.
The protesters held banners denouncing the deterioration of basic services and the state’s abdication of its responsibilities. The banners read “we refuse humiliation,” “people of Suwayda city, we apologize for not joining you because of lack of transportation,” and “where is electricity, water, heating?” and “I need diesel fuel to irrigate my land.”
Protesters gathered in Al-Seer Square in the center of the town and chanted “our underground resources and ports have been mortgaged to Russia and Iran. Who will return these to us?” The demonstrators called on all Syrians to go on a general strike and to participate in the protest.
The Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) earlier expressed its full support for the ongoing popular uprising in Suwayda province against the Assad regime and its policies that have led to the deterioration of the living conditions in the province and in Syria generally. It renounced the regime’s handing over of the country’s resources to the foreign occupations that it brought to kill and oppress the Syrian people.
The SOC called on the international community not to ignore the popular protests in Suwayda, and to stop procrastination and inaction in Syria. It also called for seeking decisively and seriously to achieve a political transition in accordance with UN resolutions so as to put an end to the tragedy in Syria and help achieve the Syrian people’s aspirations to build a state of freedom and dignity away from the Assad regime and its symbols.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)