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Syrian revolution 2011 the Facebook group which has emerged as the organizing force behind the demonstrations reported that 683 protesters have been killed so far by the Syrian security forces since the unrest started .

The protests started on March 15 in the southern Syrian town of Daraa and had since spread to most of the Syrian cities

This Friday …the day of defiance witnessed huge protests in Homs, Hama, Damascus , Latakia and several other towns. At lease 30 protesters were killed today according to rights organizations .

Protest in Homs against the Syrian regime on Friday May 6, 2011. The large banner reads. The Syrian security forces are acting like gangsters and should be held accountable

President Bashar al-Assad of Syria is increasingly relying on his Alawite power base to crush pro-democracy protests that have posed the boldest challenge to the Assad family’s 41 years of rule over Syria.

Assad, an Alawite, sent army and secret police units dominated by officers from the same minority sect, an offshoot of Shi’ite Islam, into mainly Sunni urban centers to crush demonstrations calling for his removal.

Their use of tanks to shell the city of Daraa last week, storming of mosques and attacks on unarmed civilians — as reported by residents and activists — have raised the stakes.

A poster by Syrian revolution 2011 that reads : At least 683 martyrs

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