Syrian demonstrators raise posters showing Syria's President Bashar Assad as they perform an oath to defend their country at Sabe Bahrat square in downtown Damascus, Syria, on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, during a rally to support President Bashar Assad. Syrian security forces opened fire on anti-government protesters after Friday prayers at several locations around the country, while the army sent reinforcements into a southern area where military defectors recently launched deadly attacks on regime troops. ( AP Photo/ Bassem Tellawi)
Locals took to the streets Saturday to protest the brutal crackdown of the Syrian regime.
Members of the Bay County Islamic Society, other local Arabs, Syrians, and their friends and family gathered at the corner of 23rd Street and Highway 77 in Panama City Saturday afternoon.
One local protester, whose family is still in Syria describes the violence her loved ones have encountered
"Enough is enough. Today marks the 10 month anniversary of the regime brutally slaughtering the Syrian people as though they were sheep or cattle. The people have been tortured. Many have died in detention. Many have lost their lives, their children. The total death toll as of today is about 6,700. Of those, over 400 are children and more than 300 are women. There are over 27,000 displaced refugees since March which was the beginning of the Syrian revolution,” says the recent University of Florida graduate who wanted to be identified only as “Reem”.
Reem says so far her immediate family is safe and she’s able to talk to them through Skype.