المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Using force | SDF disperses mass demonstration protesting repeated insults of “Prophet Muhammad” by the French president in eastern rural Deir ez-Zor

SOHR sources say that armored vehicles belonging to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stormed, this morning, the demonstration of Al-Shaitat in which hundreds of residents and surrounding villages participated in the town Granij in eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor, protesting the repeated insults of the “Prophet Muhammad” by French President Emmanuel Macron. SDF has fired in the air to disperse the demonstrators, injuring two people, while the demonstrators responded by throwing stones at SDF vehicles.

Observatory eyewitnesses have monitored, this morning, hundreds of Al-Shaitat people and surrounding villages, staging a mass demonstration in the town of Granij in eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor, protesting the repeated insults of the “Prophet Mohammed” by French president Emmanuel Macron. Pictures of Emmanuel Macron were burned during the demonstration, while similar demonstrations took to the streets in the areas of Al-Azba and Mayzila in Deir ez-Zor countryside, demanding the departure of French troops in Deir ez-Zor.

In the same context, the Syrian Observatory has monitored teaching staff and students holding a vigil at Al-Muhadetha school in the city of Al-Busayrah, east of Deir ez-Zor, protesting the insults of the “Prophet Mohammed” by French president Emmanuel Macron. Pictures of Emmanuel Macron were also burned by students.

It is worth nothing that French troops are present in eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor in SDF-held areas.

Yesterday, the administration of Bab Al-Hawa crossing on the Syria-Turkey border decided to ban the entry of all French products to areas under the control of the “Salvation Government” in north-west Syria region in response to the French president’s repeated insults of “Prophet Mohammed”.

Meanwhile, the administration of Tal Abyad crossing on the border with Turkey decided, on instructions by the “Interim Government”, to ban the entry of French goods due to the recent development regarding the “deliberate incitements against the Islamic religion and insulting statements against Islamic figures”.

It is worth noting that the French goods have been available in Aleppo and Idlib countryside for years because of their high prices.

On the other hand, several people in Idlib expressed their anger over the repeated insults, putting the “French flag” on the ground near Al-Sa’aa square in Idlib city and letting passers-by step over it.

Another flag was placed on the road near a security checkpoint affiliated to Hayyaat Tahrir Al-Sham in the western countryside of Aleppo, so that people would step over it as a mark of anger and disrespect in light of Macron’s latest comments on Islam which have been interpreted as controversial and disparaging in many countries.

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