The Syrian government has refused to grant a Syrian political party permission to organize protests against government policies.
The rejection came in a letter from the Ministry of Local Administration and Environment in Damascus governorate, denying the request of the Youth Party for Building and Change to organize a protest against government policies.
The party announced its request at the end of last January, setting Saturday, February 13 as the date for the demonstrations in several Syrian cities.
The protests were to take place in front of the Prime Ministry building in Damascus, and in Saadallah al-Jabiri Square in Aleppo.
It also was to include stops in front of the governorate building in Tartus, near al-Zira’a roundabout in Latakia, and in front of the district directorate building in Qamishli.
Perwin Ibrahim, head of the political bureau of the Youth Party for Building and Change, said via a live broadcast on her Facebook page that they were not informed of the refusal until nine days after the party requested a protest at the Ministry of Interior in Damascus.
She added, “It was planned to organize a peaceful protest against the government that does not meet the requirements of the population in light of the conditions from which they suffer.”
The party’s secretariat attached the request to a list of slogans to be raised at those demonstrations, including: “Syrians deserve a better government; the government has brought the people to the brink of the abyss. Enough with the crisis, you are our real crisis.”
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