Protesters take to the streets in Damascus

BEIRUT – Several dozen people joined a rare Syrian protest on Tuesday, chanting political slogans in central Damascus before dispersing, a witness said.
Civil unrest has swept countries across the Arab world, overthrowing the leaders of Egypt and Tunisia and leading to bloody confrontations in Libya, Bahrain and Yemen.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who succeeded his father 11 years ago, has said there was no chance the political upheaval shaking the Arab world would spread to Syria.
The witness said the protest occurred shortly after noon prayers.