Protesters held a sit-in in the southern Syrian city of Suweida for the fourth week in a row to reiterate their demands for political change at the country level in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254, and the release of detainees in the prisons of the Syrian regime and the basements of its intelligence branches, considering themselves part of the Syrian revolution.
Activists broadcast pictures and videos showing dozens of Sweida residents and activists gathering in Al-Seer Square in the center of the city, as part of the vigil organized by activists periodically every Monday of each week. They were raising banners carrying demands and slogans calling for the immediate release of detainees and achieving a political transition in the country in accordance with Resolution 2254.
Activist Fadi al-Jabal asserts that the signs of the protesters during the four-week-old sit-in are part of the demands of the Syrian revolution throughout the Syrian geography, which in turn stipulate the achievement of political change, the demise of the oppressive, tyrannical ruling authority, the release of detainees, as well as the demand for freedom, justice and social equality.
Jabal says to Al-Modon, that the slogan “From Suweida.. Here is Syria” and the set of demands that the protesters called for achieving during the fourth sit-in is evidence that the Suweida movement is not only economic but also a political-economic-legal movement. He pointed out that through the rest of the slogans, the true identity of the Ahrar Suweida movement can be clearly defined.
Jabal explains that the protesters took the demand to achieve a decent living for the people of Suweida governorate as an economical approach to show the bankruptcy of the regime and its inability to secure its simplest components, and the demands for freedom for detainees, freedom of expression and salvation from the authority of tyranny as a political trend for the movement.
He pointed out that the protesters raised the slogan “No to drugs” through banners, to show the role of the regime in the process of promoting and manufacturing drugs, taking advantage of the bad economic situation to use some of the people of the governorate to promote them. This comes in addition to two other slogans, the first demanding the expulsion of Iran and all foreign countries in Syria as an occupation, while the second emphasizes the demand for the implementation of Resolution 2254.
Regarding the signs of the movement expanding to the rest of the areas in Suweida, Jabal said that “it is up to the street, action and reaction, and it is too early to judge the signs of expansion.” He stressed the continuation of the sit-in in the square every Monday of every week.
He explained that the vigil is harassed by the regime, but it does not go beyond the stage of photographing the participants and registering their names to be sent to its intelligence branches by some of its collaborators.
He stressed that the regime’s intrigue and burning of the governorate building at the beginning of December 2022, and the subsequent raising of the ceilings of popular demands after killing a protester and wounding 18 others, showed the true direction of the demands represented by the overthrow of the regime and the exit of Iran and Russia.
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