DAMASCUS - Dozens of demonstrators in Damascus chanted slogans in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad on Friday and some urged him to crush armed insurgents who have joined a 10-month-old uprising against his rule.
"We are your men Bashar!" shouted some in the crowd of mostly young men. "Shabbiha forever, for your eyes Bashar," they said, using the popular term for militias that work alongside the government's security forces.
"We are hungry, we want to eat the (anti-government) infiltrators," some protesters shouted.
There were no signs of anti-government protests in the heart of Damascus, though videos posted by activists showed what appeared to be large demonstrations in the capital's suburbs.