Aug. 12 - Amateur video shows thousands taking part in anti-Assad protests around Syria, as activists say Syrian forces have killed 13 protesters. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Not giving up the fight in Syria. Amateur video out of Deir al-Zor shows demonstrators back on the streets. The video, which could not be independently verified by Reuters, comes on a day when activists say Syrian forces killed 13 protesters calling for the end of President Bashar al-Assad's rule. The demonstrations unfold despite a military crackdown that has triggered sanctions and condemnation abroad. Demonstrators chant "God is the greatest" in the Eastern city that been stormed in tank offensives launched during the holy month of Ramadan. In Deraa, demonstrators chant that he who kills his own people is a traitor. In Damascus citizens carry a sign saying: "WEAPONS DON'T REALIZE THAT FREEDOM WILL NOT DIE". They call for Freedom. They chant "Bashar put your hand down, Syrians raise your hands up." A sign says: "You are not the only one, but you are the biggest failure." Residents say rallies are taking place across the country. Syrian authorities have banned most independent media, making it difficult to verify accounts from activists and the government. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters