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SYRIA: Video footage purportedly shows defiant protesters, gunfire and violence on Friday

April 9, 2011 |  7:37 am

  

Amateur video footage said to have been filmed at Friday's bloody protests in Syria in which scores of people reportedly died show defiant crowds of protesters calling for the fall of the Syrian regime, gunfire and violence in the streets, and wounded being treated at makeshift hospitals, among other scenes.

Above is a video purportedly shot in Dara on Friday, the Syrian town that has become the epicenter of anti-government protests. It shows  crowds marching down a street chanting "The people want to topple the regime" in Arabic, with some demonstrators raising clenched fists into the air.

 

This video, said to be from Dara on Friday, is said to show security forces with sticks severely beating two men in a street.

 

 

This video,  purportedly filmed in the city of Homs on Friday, shows people listening to the sound of heavy gunfire. 

 

 

The above video, said to have been filmed in Dara on Friday, where up to 27 demonstrators reportedly were killed, shows wounded people being treated inside the Omari mosque. Witnesses quoted in media reports say security forces fired rubber-coated bullets and live ammunition at stone-throwing demonstrators to disperse the crowds.

 

 

Above, a clip said to be filmed in Homs on Friday shows a man tearing down what looks like a bust of the late Syrian President Hafez Assad from an unidentified building amid cheers from demonstrators.

 

 

And lastly, this clip says it shows the remains of the headquarters for Syria's ruling Baath party in Dara on Friday. The offices appear to have been set on fire and smoke is seen coming from blackened windows.

-- Los Angeles Times

Video credit: YouTube

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