Friday, April 1, 2011

Protests for reforms continue in Syria

Anti-government protesters shout slogans as they protest after Friday prayers at Omayyad Mosque, in Damascus, Syria

Source: Press TV

Anti-government protesters in Syria have marched in several cities after Friday prayers, calling for reforms in the country.

Witnesses reported protests in Douma, a suburb of the capital city of Damascus, as well as in the cities of Dara'a, Latakia, Homs, Baniyas and Kamishli.

Syrian sources said that there were no clashes between anti- and pro-government forces after the Friday prayers, but witnesses said that several people were killed and several others injured.

Earlier on Monday and Tuesday, hundreds of thousands of Syrians took to the streets chanting slogans in support of President Bashar al-Assad and called for maintaining national unity.

They condemned attempts by various Western-backed groups to divide the Syrian nation.

Authorities say they have arrested foreign elements believed to be behind the recent unrest.

Assad has been the president of Syria for the past 11 years. He took office in 2000 following the death of his father Hafez al-Assad, who was the leader of the country for three decades.

On Wednesday, Assad warned that Syria is the target of a big plot from outside. He said enemies have taken advantage of the people's legitimate demands to create division and undermine the country's stability.

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