VIDEO – Hundreds of Syrian women demonstrated in Damascus on Monday against the recent price hikes in the Arab country.
Local media made almost no mention of the rally because, according to Syrian opposition websites, the regime in Damascus has enhanced its supervision over the press and has forcefully dispersed three demonstrations in the past few weeks.
The websites said Syrian security forces disconnected telephone lines and deterred potential protestors. In addition, about a week ago authorities arrested a number of people for organizing a demonstration, while others were beaten while protesting outside the Libyan embassy in Damascus. The government even imposed a curfew to prevent such rallies from taking place.
Despite the government’s efforts, the past few days have seen a number of demonstrations held in the Syrian capital. On February 17, the day the unrest in Libya began, a number of protests were held in Damascus. Another rally in support of the anti-government protestors in Libya was held five days later.
In addition, photos of hooded people spray-painting graffiti against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime have surfaced over the past few days.