Good Friday has been rebaptised “Great Friday” by Syrian activists who, via social internet networks, are calling for a united front of protests against the regime today of Muslims and Christians.
Since March the government has been rocked by protests in many cities, all of which have been violently put down with blood spilled. Although President Assad yesterday abolished the 48-year old State of Emergency in a bid to placate his opponents, critics say a raft of repressive laws still exist.
Apart from Deraa in the south where the protests began, Aleppo, Homs and Damascus itself have been flooded with security forces in anticipation of today’s protests, which organisers have vowed will be peaceful in nature.
The critical moment will come after Muslim Friday prayers when the mosques empty their crowds onto the streets in the early afternoon.