July 13 - Amateur video purportedly shows anti-government protesters in several Syrian cities defying crackdown to demonstrate against President Assad. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Defying the crack down in Syria. Amateur video which could not be independently verified by Reuters shows demonstrators back on the streets in Homs. For four months protesters have been putting pressure on President Bashar al-Assad. They are calling for en end of his 11 year old regime. Rights groups say at least 1,400 people have been killed in the uprising. Demonstrators chant "everyday we have a martyr." Footage purportedly out of Damascus shows women on the streets. They are calling for release of all political prisoners. In Deraa scores line the streets calling for change. Assad has responded to protests with a mixture of force and promises of reforms. In other parts of Syria demonstrators say no to a dialogue with Assad. Western governments have condemned Assad's violence against protesters. So far their practical response has been limited to sanctions against top officials. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters.