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Women hold sit-in in al-Suwayda demanding release of detainees in Syrian government's prisons

Editing: Hosam Saleem |
Translation: Glory Jabr
Publication date: 2020/06/22 16:58

Al-Suwayda - SMART

On Monday, women in the city of al-Suwayda, Southern Syria, held a sit-in to demand the release of detainees in Syrian government security forces.

Local sources and activists reported to SMART that women held a sit-in in front of the governorate council's building in the city of al-Suwayda to demand the release of the detainees, who were arrested after the recent demonstrations against the Syrian government in the city.

The sources added that the women raised banners reading, "We demand all the detainees," "We want all our young people," "I want my brother," and "Our brothers are peaceful." The sources added that the people in the city demanded the renew of demonstrations against the Syrian government.

On Sunday, the Syrian government forces postponed the release of detainees after detaining them during demonstrations against the Syrian government over the past days, and ordered to refer them to Damascus despite the agreement reached to release them.

The Syrian government ordered to refer 10 out of the 13 detainees to the Terrorism Court or to the security branches in Damascus, while the detention of the remaining three was extended to Monday to issue their fate by the investigating judge. The sources noted that the three young men were detained randomly.

On June 15, 2020, Syrian government forces members detained and assaulted six demonstrators as they were demonstrating against the Syrian government in the city of al-Suwayda.

On June 10, 2020, unknown persons attacked people in the city of al-Suwayda after a demonstration against the Syrian government, injuring a civilian.  

Over the past few days, dozens of people demonstrated against the Syrian government, protesting against poor living conditions and the collapse of the Syrian pound exchange rate against the US dollar. During the demonstrations, people expressed solidarity with other Syrian governorates, including Idlib and Daraa.