Protester killed in raid on Syrian government building in Sweida

A protester and a police officer have been killed during an anti-government demonstration in Syria’s Druze-majority Sweida province.

Seven people were wounded during the incident on Sunday, at a rare protest in the country where President Bashar al-Assad stamped out a pro-democracy uprising over a decade ago. Assad survived the resulting civil war but the conflict has plunged Syria into poverty, coupled with a food security and energy crisis.

Though Sweida has generally been spared from the fighting, anti-corruption protests have occurred in the province over the past few years. On Sunday, dozens of residents gathered by the Sweida governor’s building, complaining about economic hardship and chanting anti-government slogans before some broke into the building.

The Syrian interior minister said the people who raided the building were armed, and that they destroyed furniture, smashed windows and looted files. He said a police officer was killed after protesters attacked a police…

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This article was written by Associated Press in Beirut and originally published on www.theguardian.com