Dozens of protesters broke into an Assyrian school in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli on Tuesday, after a tense stand-off where warning shots were fired by security forces.
The protest came after forces of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Syriac Security Office (Sutoro) locked and sealed Sabro School, along with other private Assyrian schools in the city for having refused to conform for the new education system. These Christian schools instead favour the Syrian curriculum.
Protesters staged a rally leading to Sabro school in the Wusta neighbourhood, where they confronted security forces and removed new locks installed to keep out teachers and students.
Earlier this month, the PYD ordered the closure of several Assyrian schools controlled by the Syriac Orthodox Church Diocese for rejecting the administration's imposed curriculum, which idealises Kurdish regional authority and focuses on a Kurdish-only narrative for school books.