Friday prayers were again the cue for widespread protests in Syria.
Damascus’s suburbs saw some of their biggest crowds yet and one person was reportedly shot dead; the opposition claims 400,000 people poured into the streets of Hama, and at least three people were killed in Homs, a city of one million, when security forces fired into crowds and then surrounded a hospital.
There were further signs that the security forces are beginning to be overstretched and unable to respond everywhere when dissent is shown.
Latakia also saw large demonstrations.
It seems that as fast as the security forces stamp out a fire of unrest another springs up elsewhere, but the regime is attempting to fight back by mobilising its supporters in the streets as well.
State television showed pictures of a demonstration south of Damascus in Sweida where supporters of President Assad marched holding aloft a Syrian flag 1,700 metres long.