Bahr Nahhas prepares a poster ahead of a demonstration in the rebel-held town of Maaret al-Numan, in the north of Idlib province on October 19, 2018. AFP / OMAR HAJ KADOUR
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Same banners, different slogans for protester in Idlib provinceNearly eight years after he joined his first protest against Syria's regime, Bahr Nahhas still demonstrates every week with unwaning energy, even if the slogans have changed.Just like he has since 2011, the 45-year-old tile-maker carefully paints clever slogans on protest banners before each Friday rally in his rebel-held hometown of Maaret al-Numan, in Syria's northwest Idlib. Demonstrators would kiss and hug each other, Nahhas recalled, exhilarated by the prospect of speaking out freely against Syria's iron-fisted regime.Nahhas said he has lost many of his fellow protesters in Syria's war, which has killed more than 360,000 people and displaced millions.Outside, young men hoisted up protest signs in the street.A young man in a black hoodie stood inside the elevated metal lip of a bulldozer, reaching down for a banner before tying one end to a rusty pole.Militants 'kicked out'Maaret al-Numan's protests trace the arc of the Syrian conflict, rising up against the regime, Daesh (ISIS) and former Al-Qaeda militants.
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