[10:16 pm] Neither dissident nor pro-Assad demonstrations took place in Aleppo or Damascus today. Up to now, the spirit of Egypt and Tunisia did not reach Syria.
[13:36] The Syrian government is mobilizing in Damascus for a pro-Assad demo. In the city-centers of Aleppo and Damascus, the secret service has been further increased. Up to now, there are no dissidents gathering. In Aleppo, the university’s central library has already been closed yesterday in order to prevent students from meeting and organizing dissident actions.
[23:22] The secret service took away the student cards of students in Damascus in order to force them to participate in a pro-regime demonstration planned for tomorrow.
[22:17] Members of the secret service invited high-ranking members of Kurdish parties in several cities in order to thank them for their restraint regarding the dissident demonstrations planned for today. This was confirmed by representatives of several Kurdish parties.
[15:32] In Damascus, no anti-Syrian demonstrations took place today. In the city centre, security forces turned out in full force. For tomorrow, additional demonstrations are announced.
[13:38] Demonstrators on Saʿdalah-al-Jabri-Square have dispersed. No additional demonstrators had joined them after the Friday prayers. Instead, the number of security forces had been continuously intensified. Moreover, numerous members of the secret service in civilian clothes were present. For tomorrow, additional demonstrations are announced.
[11:42] Hundreds of young people have gathered in small groups on Saʿdalah-al-Jabri-Square in Aleppo. Strong presence of secret service and police. In the surrounding quarters the number of security forces has also been intensified.
[10:13] Dissident demonstrations are planned in Damascus and Aleppo on February 4th and 5th. At this point it is not clear if and in what form the Kurdish population will take part in the protests. The Kurdish political parties have not yet called for participation. Over the next few days, KURDWATCH will use this space to report on the ongoing events in Syria. In doing so we will refer to information from local colleagues.