| 10 December 2023, Sunday |

Kurds back protests in Syria’s Sweida, Daraa

The Kurdish National Council (KNC) and the Syrian Democratic Council (the political wing of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)) have declared their full support for the protesters in various cities and provinces of Syria, expressing solidarity with the protests organized by the residents of Sweida and Daraa provinces in the southern part of the country.

These stances from the two poles of the political movement in northeastern Syria come as these protests enter their second week.

The city of Raqqa in the northern part of the country, along with several towns in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor and the city of Qamishli in Hasakah province in the far northeast of Syria, have witnessed supportive gatherings and condemning demonstrations against the government’s decision to lift subsidies on fuel and oil derivatives.

This decision has led to a sharp decline in the Syrian pound against foreign currencies, exacerbating the economic and living conditions.

The KNC, a broad political alliance of opposition Kurdish parties and forces, expressed its solidarity “with the Syrian people and its support for the demands of the residents of Sweida and Daraa for freedom, dignity, and decent human life.”

In a statement released on Friday, the council called upon the United Nations, the Arab League, and the international community to compel the Syrian government to pursue a “political resolution” that would alleviate the Syrians’ sufferings and tragedies and achieve security and stability.

Faisal Youssef, a member of the KNC’s presidential body, affirmed to Asharq Al-Awsat that the KNC stands in solidarity with the uprising for the right to live with freedom and dignity in Sweida, as well as in various afflicted parts of Syria.

“Slogans raised by the protesters affirm that what is happening is an expression of the collective will of the Syrian people, encompassing all its components and sects,” said Youssef.

He emphasized the “urgent need to bring about radical change, end tyranny, implement UN Resolution 2254, and build a democratic and pluralistic Syria for all Syrians.”

  • Asharq Al-Awsat