Protesters in Syria’s Daraa rally against Hafez al-Assad statue

A file photo showing workers installing a statue of Syria’s former president Hafez al-Assad at the University of Damascus. (AP)

Syrian opposition activists say dozens of people have demonstrated in the southern city of Daraa to protest the construction of a statue of late Syrian President Hafez al-Assad.

The late al-Assad is the father of President Bashar al-Assad whose forces have made major gains over the past few years in the war with backing from his strong allies, Russia and Iran.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor, said the protest occurred in Daraa’s center with protesters chanting “Long live Syria” and “Down with Bashar Assad.”

Other opposition activist collectives including Sham Network reported the protest.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53