Syrians bay for Assad's blood as 8 die in protests

Activists said the eight were killed late on Sunday during protests against the death in custody of a tribal leader.  “From alleyway to alleyway, from house to house, we want to overthrow you, Bashar,” the mourners chanted.

Assad said on Saturday that legislation to replace nearly half a century of emergency law should be in place by next week. But his pledge did little to appease protesters calling for greater freedoms in Syria, or curb violence which human rights organisations say has killed at least 200 people.

“Homs is boiling. The security forces and the regime thugs have been provoking armed tribes for a month now,” a rights activist said, adding that civilians had taken to the streets of Homs and “were shot at in cold blood”.

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