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Tuesday
Mar292011

Syrians Take to Streets in Show of Support for Government

AFP/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad is facing a wave of anti-government protests in the south and in the port city of Latakiya. 

Human Rights Watch says at least 60 protestors have died at the hands of Assad's army and security forces. As Assad reportedly considers political moves to appease the protestors, it's clear that many Syrians still back the leader as tens of thousands of Syrians are rallying behind Al-Assad in the streets of Damascus, holding up posters with his picture and waving Syrian flags.

Rallies of this size are also happening in  parts of the north and center of the country.  They show that Syria is quite divided. Unlike the national uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, many Syrians do not sympathize with the anti-government protests that continue in the south and in Lahtakiya. Many still believe in President Assad whose family has run the country for over 40 years.

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