More mass protests
In the way of 2011 people came out of the mosques after Friday prayers and onto the streets again today in Syria. If anything the crowds are reported as being larger, especially in Homs, Hama, Daraa and Deir al-Zor.
However, the calls appear to be more desperate. For the first time they are asking for international support, from the UN, to put in international human rights observers to try and stop the killing. Some are even saying that if this fails then they will ask for the international community to impose a ‘no fly’ zone.
The main sticking point to further action against Syria is Russia. Again today the Russian president, Dmitri Medvedev commented that the West had not bothered to understand the government side of the argument and that both sides in Syria should engage in constructive talks. One Syrian commentator observed, it is difficult to seek talks when the armed forces are attacking you and killing your people.