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SYRIA: Protests resume in response to Bashar Assad's speech [Videos]

June 20, 2011 | 12:08 pm

It didn't take long after Syrian President Bashar Assad's speech on Monday before protesters took to the streets of Homs, Hama, Lattakia, Damascus and Idleb, again demanding an end to his regime. 

Syria The video above is said to show residents of Homs holding banners and shouting "Bashar go away, the Syrian people want freedom."

One banner reads, "Homs pharmaceutical company presents, the best vomit-inducing medication: listening to Bashar's speech," in reference to Assad's frequent use of medical analogies during his speech.

At one point, he compared the anti-regime protesters to germs. 

Assad last addressed the nation more than two months ago. His reemergence in a more than hourlong speech on Monday left many in the pro-democracy opposition dissatisfied. For some, nothing less the president's resignation would have placated them.

Another video is said to show protesters in the Damascus suburb of Daraya holding multicolored banners. "He made the protesters criminals and exonerated the criminals," reads one banner, "We have one demand, that the regime is overthrown," reads another. 

Another video is said to show protesters in Idleb, the northwestern province that has been scene of some of the most brutal recent crackdowns, responding to Assad's speech with shouts pf "God, Syria and freedom are all we need."

For years, the only chant allowed in Syria was "God, Syria and Bashar are enough."

-- Roula Hajjar in Beirut

Video credit: YouTube

Photo: A man leads a crowd of protesters in the eastern Syrian city of Abu Kamel. Credit: YouTube