Several thousand gathered in Deraa chant 'God, Syria, Freedom' and anti-corruption slogans; state TV reports of other; amateur videos show similar rallies in Homs, Baniyas
Latest Update: 03.18.11
Syrian security forces killed four demonstrators on Friday in the southern city of Deraa as they took part in a peaceful protest demanding political freedom and an end to corruption in Syria, a resident said.
Akram al-Jawabra, Houssam Abdelwali Ayash, Ayham al-Harri and Abu Aoun were among several thousands who where chanting "God, Syria, Freedom" and anti-corruption slogans, accusing the family of President Bashar Assad of corruption, when they were shot dead by security forces who were reinforced with troops flown in by helicopters, the resident said.
A video aired on Facebook showed what it described as demonstrators in Deraa shouting slogans earlier in the day against Syri