BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The anti-government protests continued in the administrative capital of Al-Sweida on Monday, as several people took to the streets to demonstrate in this southern governorate.
According to reports from Sweida city, a half dozen demonstrators were arrested by local security forces amid heightened tensions at the protests, brought on by the deteriorating economic climate in Syria.
The protests, which have been ongoing for a week, were mostly concentrated at Al-Seer Square inside Sweida city.
Some protesters have since moved to the local intelligence building, where demonstrators are demanding the release of those arrested.
The reasons for the arrests differ from each account, some anti-government accounts allege they were arbitrary, while pro-government accounts say those apprehended were inciting chaos inside the city.
While the protests haven’t exceeded more than a few hundred people, they have managed to create an uproar inside the city, prompting a counter-demonstration over the weekend.
The economic conditions in Syria, exacerbated by U.S. sanctions, has created a difficult environment for the people, as the currency’s collapse continues to plague trade and commerce across the nation.