DAMASCUS, Syria — Plainclothes Syrian security agents were deployed in small groups outside Parliament in the country's capital
ahead of planned anti-government demonstrations.
Campaigns on Facebook and Twitter have called for a "day of rage" in Damascus on Friday and Saturday.
campaigns take inspiration from Egypt and Tunisia in using social
networking sites to rally their followers for sweeping political
Syria's authoritarian president has resisted calls for political freedoms and jailed critics of his regime.
By early afternoon, no protesters had gathered outside Syria's parliament.
Rights Watch quotes witnesses as saying Syrian security forces have
been intimidating people in recent days who have tried to assemble to
support the protesters in Egypt.