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Power to the People Spreads to Syria

February 1, 2011

This is unstopppable now. Power to the people is spreading throughout the Middle East. NEWS.com Voice of America reports:

Syrian opposition groups are using social networking sites to call for a “day of rage” protest in the country this week, similar to recent mass gatherings in Tunisia and Egypt.

The activists are demanding reforms from the government of President Bashar al-Assad, who inherited power in 2000 from his father, Syria’s ruler for three decades.

Organizers are using Facebook and Twitter to urge supporters to rally in Damascus Friday to call for political change. One site is calling for a second rally on Saturday.

Rally organizers say thousands of people have endorsed their call for protest over the Internet, but no independent, reliable estimate of the activists’ impact is available. Regional media reports indicate a relatively small number of supporters for the “Syria Revolution 2011” site on Facebook.


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