'Security chaos': Kidnappings and clashes threaten relative peace in Syria's Sweida by Madeline Edwards, Middle East Eye
"...When protests broke out across Syria in 2011, they appeared too in Sweida.
Like elsewhere, citizen journalists and activists took to social media to tell the story of the war as it soon began to unfold. Opposition militias also sprang up.
And yet the Syrian government has largely spared Sweida the kind of mass arrests and bombing campaigns it waged elsewhere, seeing the province’s Druze as a politically sensitive minority group with whom it didn’t want to sour relations.
“Even though there was violence in Sweida too, the crackdown of the regime was not on the same scale of brutality as in other parts of the country,” says Tobias Lang, an analyst who has focused on Druze politics in the Levant.
“Of course people disappeared in Sweida too. But it was not the same public show of violence as in other places.
"[The government] tried to keep it on a certain level so not to have problems with the [Druze] populace,” he told MEE...."