Protests in Latakia after Assad speech -residents

AMMAN, March 30 Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:46am EDT

AMMAN, March 30 (Reuters) - Hundreds of people took to the streets on Wednesday in the port city of Latakia chanting "freedom" after President Bashar al-Assad made a speech playing down unprecedented protests against his rule.

Several residents said they heard shots fired in the al-Sleibeh old district of the city, where one of at least two demonstrations took place, as security forces confronted the demonstrators. (Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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phuyayyay wrote:
It is amazing how in the social network age and the internet how dictators think they can still keep the lid on their populations. Obviously, Assad got some bad advice in doubling down on his population. Time now for us to start fanning the flames of dissent inside Syria. Syria has promoted terrorists which has led to the deaths of Americans. Time for some pay back!!

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