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'God, Syria and Bashar': Thousands take part in pro-regime demonstration in Damascus

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Thousands of supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad take part in a pro-regime rally in Damascus on October 12. Assad's regime is facing international pressure amid a violent crackdown on anti-government protests that broke out in March across Syria.

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A Syrian man waving the Russian and Chinese (obscured) flags descends from a helicopter during a pro-regime rally in Damascus on October 12. Russia and China -- both members of the UN Security Council -- used their vetoes on October 4 to block a Western resolution threatening the Syrian regime with sanctions.

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Chinese and Russian flags flutter in front of a picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a pro-regime rally in Damascus on October 12.

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Supporters of President Bashar al-Assad shout slogans during a pro-regime rally in Damascus on October 12.

Reuters reports:

Tens of thousands of Syrians demonstrated in central Damascus on Wednesday in a show of support for President Bashar al-Assad, who is battling a six-month uprising against his rule in which the United Nations says 2,900 people have been killed.

"America, out, out, Syria will stay free," chanted the crowd, many of them carrying pictures of Assad and Syrian flags. They also shouted slogans warning the European Union not to intervene in their country.

"God, Syria and Bashar," they sang. Continue reading.