January 11th, 2012
04:02 AM ET

A rare glimpse inside pro- and anti-government protests in Syria

In a CNN exclusive, protesters supporting and denouncing President Bashar al-Assad give very different takes on the situation in Syria.

At a funeral for a man allegedly killed by government forces, a grief-stricken sister wails uncontrollably. "The situation is very bad," one mourner told CNN. "We want to be like you. We want to be free ... Bashar al-Assad is killing us only because we want to be like you."

But not far away, demonstrators at pro-government rallies celebrate al-Assad. "He is a peaceful president," one woman said. "He likes to see all religions get along. He's a peaceful man."

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Actually, I believe the Syrian who says that Bashar al-Assad "is a peaceful man." It is certainly not any of my business to support his removal.
    It is not America's business at all.
    KEEP Our Troops Home!

    January 11, 2012 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    I don't believe the Syrian.
    I agree with everything else JIF has said, though.

    January 11, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©

    There is no way to tell what the truth is here. Each side in saying it's the others fault. With the way these killings are taking place.
    Too bad they can't go back to the beginning and start this again.

    January 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Carolyn

    I work for Symantec and our customers are eltling us that protecting information is one of their main priorities for 2011. That’s also what we found when we surveyed more than 1500 SMBs in our 2010 SMB Information Protection Survey. Three quarters of SMBs surveyed were somewhat/extremely concerned about the loss of crucial business information. SMBs are now making protecting their information their highest IT priority, as opposed to 15 months ago when a high percentage had failed to enact even the most basic safeguards.

    April 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |