New Public Protests In Syria – Critical for Assad Regime?

New public protests are taking place against the Syrian government and its economic policies are expanding, amid reports of mobilizing security forces in the city of Assweida in southern Syria for preventing the expansion of protests.

Despite the tension in other cities such as Damascus, Idlib and Daraa, a demonstration took place in the city of Assweida, where hundreds of people protested against the increase of food prices and the collapse of the Syrian pound against the US dollar. They also called for ousting the regime, targeting the head of the Syrian regime, and demanding the withdrawal of Iranian and Russian militias.

Several stores were forced to close in the regime-controlled areas due to fear of protests, particularly in Homs, Hama and the coastal cities.

The biggest fears were in Damascus, where all the security forces were mobilized in preparation to suppress any possible protests.

Military Alert

Media reports said that the Assad regime has sent military reinforcements to the southern cities to suppress the protests in Assweida and Daraa, the Syrian Revolution’s cradle.

Reliable sources have confirmed to MENA Research and Studies Center that Assad regime forces have prevented similar protest in Damascus, in conjunctions with calls for a strike in the coastal cities due to the deteriorating economic situation.

Syria is suffering a catastrophic deterioration in the economic situation, accompanied with unprecedented rising in prices and a horrible drop of the Syrian pound against the US dollar, where at some regions the exchange rates have reached more than 3000 Syrian pounds for 1 dollar.

According to Assweida 24 news network, the Assad regime sent military reinforcements to Assweida on June 7, including armored vehicle. A military convoy provided with machine guns was deployed around the town hall, according to the network.

“Dispatching the military reinforcements has coincided with the arrival of officers and officials of the regime forces to the town hall in Assweida, to hold a meeting against the backdrop of the latest developments,” the network added.

Activists described that meeting as the “suppressing meeting,” blaming the Syrian regime for the deteriorating economic situation and stressing on the peacefulness of their protests.

Protests in Daraa, the Cradle of Syrian Revolution

Mass demonstrations took place on Saturday evening, June 6, denouncing the living conditions, and demanding the fall of the regime. The protesters denounced the Russian and Iranian occupation in Syria and the release of all detainees in Assad prisons and his intelligence stations.

Generally, Daraa is witnessing great tension and popular discontent due to the practices of the regime forces, in conjunction with the continued security chaos after recapturing the city and its countryside by them under fragile settlements.

Media reports indicated that the protesters raised banners saying, “If the regime cannot control the prices, let it leave this country.”

In northeastern Syria, a demonstration took place in Idlib, controlled by the militant group HTS, demanding the ousting of Abu Muhammad al-Golani, the leader of HTS, amid popular discontent with the prices of bread in particular.

A few days ago, the cities of eastern Syria have witnessed similar protests as the self-administration prevented the farmers from selling their products without its supervision.

Some protests faced with violence, and casualties among protesters were reported.

Reformation and Delayed Fall

Since 2011, the Assad regime has always admitted that reform is necessary, However, it is not qualified to carry out such reforms, and therefore it is not eligible to lead the Syrian people, uniting it or securing its basic needs under the rules of freedom and equality.

With the expansion of protests all over Syria, the US Caesar Act might do what the people could not do before, despite the difficulty of predicting the future with that regime led by intelligence apparatus, where the entire country was turned into an intelligence state.

This confirms that Assad does not have any project for reforming other than plundering the country.

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