Civilians and policemen were killed
Demonstrators besiege the Syrian government building
12/04/2022, 11:49 PM
Normally, Suwayda is a loyal area to the government, but the poor economic situation has changed the mood: stones are thrown at government buildings and portraits of dictator Bashar al-Assad have been torn down. Security forces retaliated. Two people die.
Civilians and police officers were killed in a pro-government protest against President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. In Druze-majority South Sweda, angry protesters threw stones at a government building, eyewitnesses and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Some set fire to the vehicle of the security forces. They opened fire to disperse the demonstrators. Some demonstrators surrounded the government building, removing Assad’s portrait from the facade and tearing it down.
According to the Observatory, one civilian was killed and seven others were injured. A police officer was killed when protesters tried to besiege a police station. At least 30 people were wounded in the shooting in front of a government building, a protester said. The demonstration drew “hundreds” of people, protesting poor living conditions in the civil war-torn country and calling for Assad’s downfall.
The government accused a “group of bandits” of setting fire to a building and firing indiscriminately. The interior ministry said they tried to enter a local police station, resulting in the death of a policeman, state news agency SANA reported.
The majority of Suwaida’s population are Druze, a branch of Shia Islam, and a minority religion in the Arab country. Most of the residents are Assad supporters. However, in the last two years, several protests have taken place in Suvaita due to the poor economic situation. A civil war has raged in Syria for more than ten years, killing more than 300,000 civilians, according to the UN.
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