A Saturday demonstration in Damascus lasted over two hours as people marched along Al Mazzeh street toward the central Umayyad Square, where the peacefully organized demonstration ended with the lighting of torches and fireworks.
"Today, students from the General Sports Union and Damascus residents gathered together, more than 8 thousand people. We came to support our president in the elections. We came to say that we are a united and strong people who have conquered terror," one demonstrator - and member of Syria’s General Sports Union - told Sputnik on Saturday.
Users in Twitter shared photo and video of the rally.
Very fun and colorful today in Damascus, thousands of Syrians expressed their support for Bashar al-Assad.#Syria pic.twitter.com/4RlIjrvzaa— Dana Levi דנה🇮🇱🇺🇸🇬🇧 (@Danale) May 22, 2021
Adorable little ones dancing at a President Bashar Al Assad support party on outskirts of Zabadani, #Damascus. Anyone believing these people are "forced" to support their President after 10 years of war, sanctions & Resistance, are insane.#Syria_Rising pic.twitter.com/Da9O2nR1Uc— vanessa beeley (@VanessaBeeley) May 21, 2021
The Bashar Al Assad for President procession in Western #Damascus.#Syria pic.twitter.com/fokhdM28iC— vanessa beeley (@VanessaBeeley) May 21, 2021
A presidential election will be held in Syria on Wednesday, May 26. As confirmed by the Syrian Constitutional Court, Assad's two rivals in the vote are opposition candidate Mahmoud Ahmed (Ahmad) Marei and former Socialist lawmaker Abdallah Salloum Abdallah. All candidates have the right to campaign until May 24.