Protest erupts in Syria’s Druze heartland

About 300 people marched and chanted “freedom, freedom” in the city of Sweida in Syria’s Druze heartland on Thursday, a witness said.

Security police and irregular loyalists of President Bashar al-Assad used sticks to disperse the protesters, the witness told Reuters.

The protest was the first reported in the Druze region of Syria since unprecedented demonstrations against Assad’s authoritarian rule started in the city of Deraa almost one month ago and spread elsewhere.

The demonstrators also chanted “We sacrifice our blood and our soul for you martyrs,” a reference to dozens of people killed by security forces in Deraa and other Syrian cities.

They had assembled at a square named after Sultan Pasha al-Atrash a prominent Arab Druze leader, Syrian nationalist and Commander General of the Syrian Revolution (1925–1927) . He fought against the Ottomans, French, and even against the Syrian government in its days of dictatorship. One of the most influential figures in Syrian and Druze history, he played a major role in deciding the destiny of Jabal al-Druze ( The Druze stronghold in Syria also known as Jabal Arab ) and of Syria in general.

On March 28 The Syrian Revolution 2011 Facebook group, a key player in organizing the protests appealed to the Druze of Syria to join the protests against the Syrian Regime”.

“Oh sons of Sultan al Atrash the time has come for a revolution against the Syrian regime” the group stated on its web site

MSNBC, Ya Libnan

  • C S

    Anyone, anywhere in this world, with half a brain, can clearly see the days of the Assad Regime/Dictatorship, is coming to an end. Soon, you will see Rustom Gazaleh, members of the Assad and Mahloof clans, running for their lives…the time is coming and it will be here sooner then they think…..I pray for the good people of Syria, and may God Bless them and protect them in the comings days/weeks/months, as they clean the country of this junk and finally get rid of these dogs…..

    • antar2011

      i wish you were right but the acceptance of the international community of this tyrant is unfairly evident..that’s why so far, assad can do whatever he likes with his pple.
      and it is looking more likely that he will stay on…unfortunately.

      • ralphsrouji

        The international community couldn’t do anything in Egypt, they won’t be able to do anything in Syria.
        bashar is a corpse, his regime has already collapsed and pretty soon it’ll all be over.

        • antar2011

          i hope you are right. i really do.

        • antar2011

          i hope you are right. i really do.

  • C S

    Anyone, anywhere in this world, with half a brain, can clearly see the days of the Assad Regime/Dictatorship, is coming to an end. Soon, you will see Rustom Gazaleh, members of the Assad and Mahloof clans, running for their lives…the time is coming and it will be here sooner then they think…..I pray for the good people of Syria, and may God Bless them and protect them in the comings days/weeks/months, as they clean the country of this junk and finally get rid of these dogs…..

  • C S

    Anyone, anywhere in this world, with half a brain, can clearly see the days of the Assad Regime/Dictatorship, is coming to an end. Soon, you will see Rustom Gazaleh, members of the Assad and Mahloof clans, running for their lives…the time is coming and it will be here sooner then they think…..I pray for the good people of Syria, and may God Bless them and protect them in the comings days/weeks/months, as they clean the country of this junk and finally get rid of these dogs…..

    • Anonymous

      i wish you were right but the acceptance of the international community of this tyrant is unfairly evident..that’s why so far, assad can do whatever he likes with his pple.
      and it is looking more likely that he will stay on…unfortunately.

      • Anonymous

        The international community couldn’t do anything in Egypt, they won’t be able to do anything in Syria.
        bashar is a corpse, his regime has already collapsed and pretty soon it’ll all be over.

        • Anonymous

          i hope you are right. i really do.

      • Anonymous

        The international community couldn’t do anything in Egypt, they won’t be able to do anything in Syria.
        bashar is a corpse, his regime has already collapsed and pretty soon it’ll all be over.

  • ralphsrouji

    I was wondering what Jumblat thinks of all that.
    I guess the “most clever Lebanese politician” ain’t so clever after all.
    What a morron. Changed sides at the wrong moment.

  • Anonymous

    I was wondering what Jumblat thinks of all that.
    I guess the “most clever Lebanese politician” ain’t so clever after all.
    What a morron. Changed sides at the wrong moment.

  • leb_expatriate

    To the decent members of the Syrian army. The time for you has arrived to splinter. Take charge of protecting the people, YOUR PEOPLE. Come out from this revolution with your heads raised high. Regret will be of no use to you later if you partake in these massacres.

  • Anonymous

    To the decent members of the Syrian army. The time for you has arrived to splinter. Take charge of protecting the people, YOUR PEOPLE. Come out from this revolution with your heads raised high. Regret will be of no use to you later if you partake in these massacres.

  • Anonymous

    To the decent members of the Syrian army. The time for you has arrived to splinter. Take charge of protecting the people, YOUR PEOPLE. Come out from this revolution with your heads raised high. Regret will be of no use to you later if you partake in these massacres.