(Zaman Al Wasl)- Tens of people have staged a strike in the main markets of Manbij town east of Aleppo city on Sunday, protesting against the powerful PYD Kurdish militia over mandatory conscription, local sources reported.
A resident told Zaman al-Wasl that the strike came after activists in the city called for protests through social media during the past few days against the backdrop of the arrest of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) for dozens of the city's citizens in recent months under pretext of military conscription.
The source, spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the strike included more than 90% of the stores in the main markets of the city, the "covered market" and al-Salaleen Market and Al-Aqsa Street, pointing out that some stores were forced to break the strike under threat of arrest.
The strike was accompanied by demonstrations in the towns of Tal al-Yasti and al-Hudhud in the eastern outskirts of Manbij in protest of forced conscription. The demonstrators raised slogans and banners demanding the overthrow of the Legislative Council of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
PYD brought reinforcements including armored vehicles from the city of Ayn al-Arab and deployed them in the markets that carried out the strike, and broke some locks of closed stores in order to force the owners to break the strike, confirming the occurrence of several arrests during PYD intensive security deployment.
The SDF Legislative Council which is dominated by YPG, recently met with a number of Manbij tribal leaders and discussed with them a decision to impose conscription on young people aged between 18 and 31.
Zaman A Wasl