Surprise at protest in Syrian province

Both government and opposition caught off guard by rare protests in al-Raqqa, once considered an Assad stronghold.

    The Syrian province of al-Raqqa has seen rare anti-government protests on Friday that took by surprise both the government and the opposition.

    The northern province was once a government stronghold and anti-government protests since the uprising began last year were modest.

    Last November, President Bashar al-Assad broke with tradition to perform Muslim Eid Al Adha prayers in Raqqa, rather than in the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus.

    His visit was seen as a way of saying thank you for the support of Raqqa’s people since the uprising began.

    But it appears Assad may no longer have that support.

    Al Jazeera’s Nisreen el-Shamayleh reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Why some African Americans are moving to Africa

    Escaping systemic racism: Why I quit New York for Accra

    African-Americans are returning to the lands of their ancestors as life becomes precarious and dangerous in the USA.

    What happens when the US government shuts down?

    The US government has shut down. What happens next?

    US federal government begins partial shutdown after Senate blocks short-term spending bill. What happens next?

    Why is the West praising Malala, but ignoring Ahed?

    Why is the West praising Malala, but ignoring Ahed?

    Is an empowered Palestinian girl not worthy of Western feminist admiration?