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Syrians rally in support of Assad govt.
Syrians hold a massive pro-government rally in the coastal city of Tartous, northwest of Damascus, November 3, 2011.
Thu Nov 3, 2011 1:23PM
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Syrians have held a massive demonstration in the Mediterranean port city of Tartous to voice their support for President Bashar al-Assad's government.

Tens of thousands of people on Thursday took to the streets of Tartous, northwest of Damascus, chanting slogans in support of the government and holding pictures of President Assad.

Over the past week, supporters of the government have held nationwide rallies in response to the ongoing unrest which has been plaguing the country for the past months.

Syrians have also voiced support for the political reforms promised by the Syrian president, condemned foreign interference in the country's internal affairs and called for national unity.

Tens of thousands of people staged a similar rally on Wednesday, when they gathered in Hafez al-Assad Square in Raqaa, 550 km from Damascus.

On Sunday, demonstrators marched in the southwestern city of Sweida in a show of solidarity with the government.

Syria has been experiencing unrest ever since mid-March, with demonstrations being held both against and in support of President Bashar al-Assad's government.

More than 1,000 people, including hundreds of security force and army personnel have been killed in the deadly incidents ever since.

The Syrian government says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence while the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings.

The Syrian government also says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country and the security forces have been given clear instructions not to harm civilians.

In addition, Syrian state TV has broadcast reports showing seized weapons caches and confessions by terrorist elements describing how they obtained arms from foreign sources.

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