January 20th, 2012
09:33 AM ET

Syria seethes as protests persist

Syria smoldered Friday as anti-government demonstrators poured into the streets and the Arab League mulled an extension of its monitoring mission.

Protesters focused their attention on political prisoners and demanded the release of detainees. At least 10 people were slain in clashes Friday, according to the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, an opposition activist group.

For more than 10 months, Syria has been in the throes of an anti-government public uprising and a brutal security crackdown against protesters. The United Nations last month estimated well over 5,000 deaths since mid-March. Opposition groups estimate more than 6,000 people have died.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    USA, stay out of Syria.

    January 20, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. Death Be Not Proud

    DEATH to al-Assad !!!!

    January 20, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. Na-Na

    I'll repeat what Joey said: USA, stay out of Syria.

    January 20, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    I will also repeat what JIF and Na-Na- said:
    USA: stay out of Syria.

    January 20, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rita

    ditto

    January 20, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Let's make this unanimous.

    USA, stay out of Syria.

    January 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Scottish Mama

    @bobcat iah- well now it is unanimous. USA, stay out of Syria.

    January 20, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BOMBO ©

    Wow. Seething and smoldering. Also, the west generally should stay out, but would it hurt to drop some weapons and humanitarian aid in for the defectors? If we haven't been already, I mean.

    January 20, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ BOMBO ©

    I believe it would hurt for us to take sides in any way. I really dont trust what news is coming out of their and we could end up arming the wrong thugs. If the arab league wants to help, then let ' them' help.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bill

    It's nice to hear about these Muslim tribal people working out things on their own without US getting involved. They've been killing, beheading, stoning and otherwise acting like the primitives they are (thanks largely to their religious beliefs and tribal roots) for centuries. Not a place for us to go until it's all done and over . We already have a plate full of poor judgement in Afghanistan to get out of somehow. We sadly watch as Iraq goes back to their old ways despite all our lives and limbs lost – not to mention money! Smarten up and let them alone unless they actually do us harm!

    January 20, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TORI©

    I am in total agreement that we need to stay out of the mess in Syria. Have a great day, everyone.

    January 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cybersniper

    One more time,,, us stay out of syria

    January 20, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kandi

    Lmao triple ditto! Ive come to the conclusion the reason we see these threads EVERY day about protesting in foriegn countries is a scare tactic. Watch out people in the US, if you protest the works of your government this could be you! SSDD.

    January 20, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      @Kandi: SSDD!
      Love it.

      January 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gag a maggot

    Seeths in protest. LMAO!

    January 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Just exactly how does a nation seethe ?

    January 20, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
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