Mob Pelts U.S. Ambassador With Stones, Eggs, Tomatoes in Syria

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"We go to different Syrian cities and we try to meet as many Syrians as possible, both to understand their points of view, but also to relay our message of support for their demand for freedom and for their demand for dignity," he told Christiane Amanpour of ABC News on a recent trip to Washington D.C.

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Plain-clothed Syrian security elements are ubiquitous in the streets of Damascus, the Syrian capital, and have been known to swiftly stage protests emphatically in support of the President outside foreign embassies, hotels where foreign journalists stay and in response to anti-regime protests.

Hassan Abdul-Azim, the lawyer with whom Ambassador Ford was meeting, is the general coordinator of the opposition National Coordination Committee that recently held a meeting in Damascus calling for the end of violence and dialogue with authorities.

The attack on the U.S. convoy comes on the eve of what has become a weekly day of protest as demonstrators gather after well-attended Friday prayers, mosques being the only places of assembly not needing permits.

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