Government Forces Fire on Demonstrators as Syrian Protests Spread

March 25th, 2011

Syrian Troops opened fire on demonstrators today as tens of thousands turned out in the city of Dara’a and smaller demonstrations broke out in other cities throughout Syria.

Meanwhile, In Damascus, tens of thousands took to the street in support of Bashar-Al Asad’s government as a smaller group supported the protest movements.

Reports indicated that as many as 20 protestors were killed by security forces in Dara’a, with fatal shootings in other areas of the country as well.

The protests are the most serious challenge to the 4o year rule of the Assad family since 1982, when Hafez-Al Asad, the father of current Syrian leader Bashar-Al Asad, massacred at least 10,000 protesters in the city of Hamma in 1982.

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