Reporters escorted to Syrian protests
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and first lady Asma al-Assad kneel Thursday to touch a giant flag created by supporters at a sports stadium in Damascus.
July 1st, 2011
08:47 AM ET

Reporters escorted to Syrian protests

Anti-government demonstrators in Syria took to the streets on Friday, a common sight after weekly Muslim prayers since the protests began more than three months ago. But this day of countrywide demonstrations had a different twist.

The Syrian regime, which earlier this week permitted a gathering of opposition activists as criticism mounted against the government, escorted international reporters, including CNN's Arwa Damon, to anti-government protests.

She witnessed a protest of a few hundred people in the Damascus suburb of Barzeh, hearing people chant for freedom and call for the downfall of the regime.

Syria has been engulfed in violence during more than three months of anti-government discontent. Human rights activists have said that Syrian security forces have been launching violent crackdowns on peaceful protesters since mid-March. World powers have denounced the regime for its fierce clampdown on protests.

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  1. Jazzzzzzzz

    The days of authoritative rigimes are numbered. Too bad we can't say that about terrorists any time soon.

    July 1, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Sedonia

      I think you have that backwards. Terrorists are mortal, greed and power will continue.

      July 1, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    Well one thing we know for sure is that a suspected terrorist was mortal, and that arrested terror suspects are afraid of dogs and water, and some say alergic to electricity. As far as Jazzy's "Authoritatve Regimes' go, I would reckon that the one(s) with the most authority aim to keep it that way. Though they've been known to miss.

    July 1, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Lamaya

      Iraq is full of american jews lol why would they protest

      July 2, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Charles Queen

    Iran will be the next country in that regio to start rebeling aginst the manica rulers that controll Iran.The people there live every single day and night much as the Iraqui's had to live with saadam at th helm.These poor people have to worry day and night if heir going to be arrested,torured,mutilated and or killed and they don't even have to do anything wrong.If someone say this person said this or that about the government there or any of it's leaders there will be pure out and out hell to pay for thatu unfotunate person.Never mind if they never said or did anything wrong at all.The only thing that has kepth them from rebeling so far is the fact that the citizens of Iran cannot get heir hands on the weapons it would or will take in order to even attemot to stage any type of a coup.I really do feel very sorry fot hese people,all theri waiting for is for a country to give them what they need to overthrow their current tyranical leaders.It's going to happen either way though and it will be in the near future as well i predict

    July 1, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. shadi

    NO ONE LIKES YOU ASSAD AND YOU KNOW IT. Brutal regimes give new definition of terrorism. There is no more terrorist groups targeting a supposed enemy but a president killing his people, the most brutal form of terrorism. And fro this we can deduce that those leaders are responsible for sending terrorist groups all around the world. This is how they imagine things can be resolved, by doing violence inside and outside. The roots of violence, dicatotrs with their supporting WIVES, should be sent to the dustbins of history.

    July 2, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lamaya


    July 2, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ebaba

    Shame on you Asma Alassad. I can not believe that you are celebrating with your evil husband, and your people are killed by your security police and your thugs. I don not know how you can sleep at night!!

    July 8, 2011 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |