Syrian Demonstraters Stage Sit-In on Square

April 18, 2011 Updated: April 18, 2011

Thousands of Syrian demonstrators occupied the central square in Syria’s second largest city, Homs, on Monday evening.

The sit-in by the demonstrators comes after the funerals of eight demonstrators, who were killed on Sunday by security services according to rights activists, Reuters reports.

Some of the demonstrators took tents with them to set up on the square, saying they won’t leave until the authoritarian president Bashar Assad steps down.

Syrian authorities have used a lot of force over the past months to suppress the demonstrations in Syria, which have been inspired by similar protests in Tunisia and Egypt.

Rights activist Suhair Atassi, told Al Jazeera on Monday evening over 10,000 people had gathered at the square, but this number cannot be verified. Security forces had gathered around the square, according to demonstrators, ready to disperse them.

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