Assad supporters show loyalty in Syria’s Qamishli

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Pro-Assad march in Qamishli. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

Qamishli, Syria – Supports of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad organized a march on Thursday in the city of Qamishli, northeast of Syria, raising pictures of Assad and waving the Syrian official flag to show their support to the regime and its head amid the three-year old crisis.

Local activists based in the city of Qamishli stated to ARA News that members of the security forces and the pro-Assad Arab militia of National Defence participated in the march in the city center, while many Arab and Christian residents of Qamishli joined the front lines of the march.

“The participants were chanting slogans in support of Assad after his victory in the presidential election, along with slogans glorifying what they described ‘resistance of the Syrian Arab Army in the face of terrorism defending homeland’,” activists said. “Pictures of Syrian President were raised alongside with Syrian flag and the flag of the Arab Socialist Baath Party during the march.”

In another context, Alan Ahmad, civil rights activist from the city of Qamishli, told ARA News that people of al-Gharbi neighbourhood of the city protested on al-Hizam Street, near the roundabout of Turkish Nusaybin crossing, for cutting power line which usually feeds the neighbourhood with electricity from the main line of Officers Housings of Qamishli.

Noteworthy, the city of Qamishli witnessed several pro-Assad marches since the start of the Syrian crisis three years, March 2011. During the last presidential election, Assad supporters organized several gatherings in the city center, while opposition activists in Qamishli condemned holding the elections in the city and took to the street protesting.

 

Reporting by: Dilshad Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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