Jan. 12 - Demonstrators use a new weapon to oust Syrian leader: noise. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Empty streets at night time in Homs. And yet the protests go on in Syria -- with demonstrators using a new weapon : noise. Amateur video out of Syria obtained by Reuters shows people using whatever they can add noise to their discontent. One young man says he will continue until the regime of President Basher al Assad is gone. Others gather in the center of the city. They want the world and the Syrian leadership to see, and to hear, that their anti-government protest is a peaceful one. At a protests camp they sing and dance. Homs has been a hot bed of resistance and a city that has borne the heaviest death toll since the uprising began last March. A banner says says "THE OBSERVERS CANNOT PROTECT THEMSELVES SO HOW CAN THEY PROTECT THE PROTESTERS?" A Western journalists was killed in Homs on a government sponsored visit Wednesday. The UN says that more than 5,000 people have been killed in the uprising. The Syrian government says it is facing a wave of quote "terrorism" that has killed 2,000 members of Syria's security forces A candle light message from Homs says "we will never kneel". Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters