Demonstrators in Sweida, the Druze stronghold, have targeted ruling Baath party offices, with messages of dissent spray-painted on building walls.
The unrest, which began due to enhanced inflation and a deteriorating economy, has evolved into demonstrations demanding the downfall of president Bashar Al-Aassad’s regime. The tipping point for many was when the government reduced fuel and gasoline subsidies. The government says they have maintained control and does not view the protests as a significant threat.
With a 90 percent poverty rate, rampant corruption, and Western sanctions, Syrians are struggling to survive.