Teach­ers, stu­dents stage protest in Syria’s Hasakah as SDF mil­i­tants oc­cupy schools

Daily Messenger - - Internatio­nal -

DA­M­AS­CUS: Dozens of teach­ers and stu­dents have staged a protest in Syria’s north­east­ern prov­ince of Hasakah against the takeover of schools by mil­i­tants af­fil­i­ated with the so-called Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces (SDF), which has pre­vented thou­sands of pupils from at­tend­ing classes.

The pro­test­ers gath­ered in front of the Ed­u­ca­tion Direc­torate in the provin­cial cap­i­tal city of Hasakah on

Thurs­day to slam SDF ter­ror­ists for as­sault on ed­u­ca­tional staff and stu­dents of a high school for gifted stu­dents.

The demon­stra­tors hoisted plac­ards de­nounc­ing the takeover of ed­u­ca­tional cen­ters by SDF mil­i­tants as a “USIs­raeli plot," and called on the US-backed mil­i­tants to leave schools.

The par­tic­i­pants said the ex­trem­ists planned to de­prive thou­sands of chil­dren and youths from ed­u­ca­tion.

The Syr­ian Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and Ex­pa­tri­ates said on Tues­day that SDF mil­i­tants con­tinue their ar­bi­trary prac­tices against lo­cal pop­u­la­tions, where they are po­si­tioned, and tend to in­tim­i­date and de­prive chil­dren and ado­les­cents of the ed­u­ca­tion they re­quire.

“SDF ter­ror­ists have sys­tem­at­i­cally con­tin­ued their vi­o­la­tions [against Syria’s ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor] since 2013, when they sought to im­pose their own cur­ric­ula on schools. They later es­ca­lated their acts to forcibly take over schools, and turn them into train­ing bases and prisons un­der US sup­port,” an un­named source at the for­eign min­istry said in a state­ment re­leased on Tues­day.

The source added that Syr­ian peo­ple firmly re­ject such vi­o­la­tions, and are de­ter­mined to send their chil­dren to state schools.

Se­cu­rity con­di­tions are re­port­edly de­te­ri­o­rat­ing in SDF-con­trolled ar­eas in Syria’s north­ern and east­ern prov­inces of Hasakah, Dayr al-Zawr and Raqqah amid on­go­ing raids and ar­rests of civil­ians by the mil­i­tants.

Lo­cal Syr­i­ans com­plain that the SDF’s con­stant raids and ar­rest cam­paigns have gen­er­ated a state of frus­tra­tion and in­sta­bil­ity, se­verely af­fect­ing their busi­nesses and liveli­hood.

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