Syrians pro-democracy protesters called for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday, reports Reuters.
After a 17-year-old protestor Mohammad Akram al-Tumah set himself on fire on Friday, the protesters took to the streets, campaigners told Reuters.
As the mourners came out of the Big Mosque in the Damascus suburb of Saqba, they chanted, ‘the people want the overthrow of the regime’ and also shouted Leave, leave, at the funeral of six out of 11 people.
They also recalled the name of “Martyr Ziad al-Qadi,” who was killed by the security forces on Sunday, one witness told Reuters.
The protests against the government erupted after the suicide of 26-year-old Mohamed Bouazizi because police held his grocery cart.
“We have the names of 863 civilians who were killed by security forces during demonstrations since the protest erupted,” the Syrian Observatory said.
Syria has banned most of the international media, making it difficult for media to verify accounts of the violence.
A large protest following Tumah’s funeral in Mayadeen on Saturday and a small protest on Sunday demanded Assad’s overthrow.