young women house protest in Damascus on May 30 2اعتصام منزلي في دمشق 30 أيار 2
A group of Syrian women held a sit-in at a private home earlier this week in remembrance of Hamza al-Khateeb, the 13-year-old boy whose torture and killing by security forces made global headlines after Al Jazeera highlighted his case.
“We are all mothers of Hamza al-Khateeb,”
“We are directing our voices from inside because we are afraid we would not come back to our children if we went down to the street.”
Inside the small room, the women have put up the Muslimc crescent and Christian cross as symbols of religious unity in Syria. On the table, a photo of Hamza is placed between photos of Mohammed Bouazizi, whose self-immolation set off the Tunisian revolution, and Khaled Saeed, a young Egyptian whose death in police custody proved a trigger for the revolution in Cairo.
“No to arresting, no to violence, no to killing,” read other banners.
“We want a peaceful home which is free.”