“No to reconciliations…you are guarantor not trustee…you are trying in vain…revolutionaries can never be wiped out” | Widespread public protests in rebel-held areas in Syria
Tens of thousands of Syrians take to streets in over 30 areas in Aleppo, Idlib, Al-Raqqah and Al-Hasakah, protesting statements by Turkish FM
SOHR sources have reported that tens of areas controlled by Turkish forces, the “National Army” factions, Hayyaat Tahrir Al-Sham and other factions in Syria have experienced widespread demonstration today, after Friday prayer, where the protestors condemned and denounced yesterday’ statement by the Turkish Foreign Minister, in which he said, “we need to somehow come to terms with the opposition and the regime in Syria.”
Observatory activists have monitored tens of thousands of Syrians participating in different demonstrations in nearly 30 areas which are distributed regionally as follows:
- Idlib: Idlib city, Al-Dana, Harem, Kafrya, Al-Mastoumah, Atma, Jisr Al-Shughour, Sarmada, Kafr Lusin, the camps of Al-Karama, Hazanu and other areas in Idlib countryside.
- Aleppo: Al-Atareb, Darat Izza, Abbin Sam’an, and other areas in the western countryside of Aleppo, as well as Azaz, Suran, Kaljabrin, Mare’, Al-Ra’i, Jarabulus, Al-Bab, Jendires, Afrin, Al-Ziyadiyah, Raju, Turkeman Bareh, Ikhtarin and Bza’a in the northern, eastern, north-eastern and north-western countryside of Aleppo.
- Al-Raqqah: Tel Abyad and Sluk in Al-Raqqah countryside.
- Al-Hasakah: Ras Al-Ain (Sere Kaniye).
The demonstrators lifted placards with slogans written on them, some of which read “no to reconciliations – The Syrian Revolution I ongoing – You are trying in vain – Revolutionaries can never be wiped out – No return before holding accountable Al-Assad and his proxy tyrannical figures.” While demonstrators in Al-Bab city in eastern Aleppo lifted placards with slogans written on them, which read “you are guarantor not trustee,” referring to the fact that Turkey’s mission in Syrian is confined to guaranteeing the ceasefire agreement and that Turkey is not a trustee of Syrian people and their fate. Moreover, demonstrators removed Turkish flags in several areas.
Last night, SOHR activists reported widespread public protests in areas under the control of Turkish forces and their proxy factions in several Syrian provinces against the latest statements by the Turkish Foreign Minister.
Residents took to the streets in Azaz, Suran, Ihtimaylat and other areas in the northern countryside of Aleppo, Ras Al-Ain (Sere Kaniye) in Al-Hasakah countryside, Tel Abyad city in Al-Raqqah and Idlib city, denouncing statements by Cavusoglu, in which he said, “we need to somehow come to terms with the opposition and the regime in Syria.”
According to SOHR sources, protestors in Azaz city in northern Aleppo stormed the security directorate in the city, before they headed to the headquarters of the city’s local council, downed the Turkish flag and set fire to it, amid calls to remove Turkish flags in all areas under the control of Turkish-backed factions.
Moreover, protestors blocked a Turkish convoy on Azaz-Afrin highway, preventing it from crossing into Azaz city.
The protestors also left graffiti on the walls of these areas, the most prominent of which read “down with Turkey and down with regime.”