Syria: protests in Idleb for the release of detainees in the hands of the regime

Syrie: manifestations à Idleb pour la libération de détenus aux mains du régime

Several thousand people demonstrated Friday in several cities of the syrian province of Idleb (north-west), the last great bastion of insurgent in the country, calling for the liberation of prisoners in the prisons of the regime, have found correspondents of the AFP.

Out in the streets after the Friday prayers, the demonstrators chanted anti-regime, some flag-waving of the revolutions in syria, and Turkey, in support of the rebellion.

On placards and banners, one could read in English: “Our revolution will not stop before the release of all detainees”.

In a country ravaged by war since 2011, tens of thousands of people would be in jails of the regime in Damascus, the organizations of defense of human rights, denouncing the torture and abuse of which they are victims.

“We call this Friday +Friday held+ to send a message to the world: our freedom will be complete only with the release of the prisoners in the prisons of the regime,” said AFP izz al-din al-Idlebi, one of the organizers of the rally in the town of Maaret al-Noomane.

For several weeks, Idleb was the scene of demonstrations to denounce the threats of the regime of Bashar al-Assad to launch an offensive in the province dominated by jihadists.

But an agreement reached in extremis on September 17 by Ankara and Moscow, an ally of the regime, has taken away the prospect of a military operation.

In the procession of Maaret al-Noomane, attended by women dressed in black, Abu Hassan wore on his shoulders his niece dressed in a blue dress and waving the portrait of his father, who was kidnapped five years ago.

“We have joined this peaceful demonstration to demand the release of prisoners (…) basements of the intelligence services”, he repeated.

Rallies were held in other towns of Idleb, as well as in the territories the rebels of the neighbouring province of Aleppo.

“The detainees are our cause (…). We call on the international community to put pressure on the regime to free them”, said to AFP Mayssa Mahmoud, a protester in the city of Attareb.

Triggered in 2011 by the suppression of demonstrations pro-democracy by the regime, the conflict in Syria has caused more than 360,000 people dead and millions of displaced persons and refugees.


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