Hundreds of thousands of Syrians protested Friday, four months into uprisings there and after a week-long siege by government forces of the city of Homs left bodies strewn in the streets, The New York Times' Nada Bakri reports. Six people were reportedly killed when government-allied armed forces fired on demonstrators.
Friday’s demonstrations, under the slogan of unity, came a week after a wave of sectarian bloodshed in Homs, Syria’s third-largest city, claimed the lives of at least two dozen people. The violence signaled a dangerous turn in the four-month popular uprising against [President Bashar al-Assad], who has been in power since 2000.
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