February 23, 2024

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In Syria, the Druze are entering disaffected – liberation

In Syria, the Druze are entering disaffected – liberation

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Against a backdrop of economic woes and rejection of the al-Assad clan, minorities in the country’s south have staged massive protests for three weeks. If the regime does not bloodily suppress the protest, it seeks to avoid contagion.

The crisis in Syria is pulling the country out of the deceptive immobility that has reigned since Bashar al-Assad took power. In the south, a massive popular protest that began three weeks ago continues in the Druze Mountains. In the east, a deadly clash between Kurdish forces and Arab tribes left dozens dead under the watchful eyes of troops from the Western counter-terrorism coalition. In the north, Russian and Syrian warplanes bombard the Idlib region outside Damascus’ control daily. And across the country, a severe economic crisis is hitting the poor. This makes it difficult to keep the lid on the boiling pot for a long time due to multiple explosions and tension.

On the way back from the rally in Soueïda at 10pm on Wednesday, September 6, Loujaine narrates to us over the phone. “Wonderful atmosphere, this evening, Place de la Dignité”. The 30-year-old doctor has been participating as much as his job has allowed since day one in the three-week-long protests in the Druze capital in southeastern Syria. “The number of protesters continues to increase. People are no longer afraid. They are outspoken, including in the media

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