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Rare protests in Syria summon echoes of Arab Spring

By Raja Abdulrahim

31 Aug 2023 · 4 min read

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  1. Rare protests have been taking place in Syria over the past two weeks, calling for the removal of the authoritarian government. The demonstrations have been triggered by increasing economic hardships and a government decision to slash fuel subsidies, which have more than doubled the cost of gasoline.

Rare protests in Syria calling for the ouster of the authoritarian government have gathered momentum over the past two weeks, in scenes reminiscent of the Arab Spring uprising that began more than 12 years ago and morphed into a multisided war.

The protests grew out of anger over increasing economic hardships that boiled over into demands for a political settlement to the war, which is largely at a stalemate. They have grown daily, drawing hundreds of people who at times have torn down the ubiquitous posters of President Bashar Assad and shuttered offices of the political party loyal to him.

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