For the fourth day in a row, hundreds of Arabs took to the street in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside to protest against the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that the protests covered several towns, including al-Busayrah and Husin. According to the UK-based monitoring group, the protestors raised several signs saying “the people want to overthrow the dictatorship” and “they claim to be democratic, while they are racists.”
The protests were reportedly met with a violence reaction from the SDF’s security forces, which attempted to disturb them by force. This led to the injury of many civilians, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
“Militants supported by the U.S. occupation force attacked the locals … With live fire, in a random way, which led to the injury of several civilians,” a local source told the SANA.
In the second day of the protests, three civilians were killed by the SDF’s security forces. The death of these civilians fueled the protests in southern Deir Ezzor, especially in the Middle Euphrates River Valley.
The protestors claim that they are moving against the “racists” behavior of the Kurdish-dominated SDF. However, they are yet to clarify the side they are supporting. Previous protests witnessed many chants against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Such chants are usually heard in protests organized by Turkish-backed groups.