Middle East

Syria Activists Call for More Protests

May 21: In this citizen journalism image made on a mobile phone and acquired by the AP, Syrian anti-government supporters carry the coffins of people whom they say were killed in the government crackdown, in the central city of Homs, Syria.

May 21: In this citizen journalism image made on a mobile phone and acquired by the AP, Syrian anti-government supporters carry the coffins of people whom they say were killed in the government crackdown, in the central city of Homs, Syria.  (AP)

CAIRO -- Syrian activists have called for renewed protests in honor of a 13-year-old boy who allegedly was tortured and killed by security forces.

The main Facebook page for the protesters said Saturday the boy was "assassinated by treachery." The image of the child's body has outraged Syrians since it was shown on YouTube.
Human rights groups say more than 1,000 people have been killed since the revolt began in mid-March -- a death toll that has enraged and motivated protesters.

The 10-week-old protests in Syria have evolved from a disparate movement demanding reforms to a resilient uprising that is now seeking President Bashar Assad's ouster. On Friday, at least eight people were killed when security forces opened fire on protests around the country.