« Thousands of demonstrators in the southern Syrian city of As-Suwayda continued their anti-government protest on Friday.
Footage shows protesters holding various flags, banners, and chanting, and applauding during the rally at the city’s Karama Square against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government.
The protests broke out on August 20 in response to a government decision to remove fuel subsidies and increase fuel prices, a move that comes amidst a profound economic crisis.
This crisis has been exacerbated by over 12 years of devastating conflict, Western sanctions, and a recent earthquake. As the situation has unfolded, these demonstrations have evolved into a call for a change in government leadership.
The city of As-Suwayda, situated in the southwestern part of Syria and primarily inhabited by the Druze community, is currently experiencing protests.
Using the Druze flag instead of the national one has sparked a debate. Proponents of the government accuse protesters of seeking separation, while the protesters assert their commitment to a united Syria. »