Monday, March 19, 2012
Al-Jazeera Video: Surprise at protest in Syrian province
"The Syrian province of al-Raqqa has seen rare anti-government protests on Friday that took by surprise both the government and the opposition.
The northern province was once a government stronghold and anti-government protests since the uprising began last year were modest.
Last November, President Bashar Al Assad broke with tradition to perform Muslim Eid Al Adha prayers in Raqqa, rather than in the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus.
His visit was seen as a way of saying thank you for the support of Raqqa's people since the uprising began.
But it appears Assad may no longer have that support.
Al Jazeera's Nisreen el-Shamayleh reports."