Security forces in Syria used live ammunition and tear gas to break up protests demanding reform of one of the Arab World's most repressive regimes, according to news reports.
Witnesses inside Syria say security forces have killed at least 27 people, including and 11-year-old boy.
The New York Times reports that, in scenes unprecedented only weeks ago, protesters flooded into the streets of the capital, Damascus, and at least 10 other cities and towns after Friday prayers. They were chanting "the people want the fall of the government."
Human rights activists say at least 200 people have been killed since demonstrations began on March 16.
We speak with Anthony Shadid who is covering the story from Beirut for the New York Times.
This segment aired on April 22, 2011.