Syria: People of Idlib resist Assad, Islamists

A popular uprising has broken out in Idlib, a province in the north of Syria, against the reactionary Islamist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), according to Leila al-Shami, a well known Syrian activist and author.

The uprising began in the town of Kafar Takharim, when people refused to pay increased taxes imposed by HTS on goods and services, including bread, electricity and olive oil. They stormed HTS-controlled olive presses and police stations and evicted HTS from their community.

HTS responded violently. According to al-Shami: "HTS surrounded the town and demanded that locals hand over a number of individuals who participated in the protests, under threat of retaliation. The locals refused and determined to continue their resistance against the militants.

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