It's hard to tell how many protesters are in the streets of the Syrian capital, but it's hardly surprising that, after Egypt and Libya, the regime in Damascus might be next in line. Bashar al-Assad and his security chiefs guessed as much, which is why the last few weeks they warned the foreign and Arab press corps not to cover the protests scheduled for today and the only record we have so far is from YouTube. Here are two videos from today's scenes in Damascus with more protests scheduled for other Syrian cities, like Aleppo, Qamishly and even Deir al-Zawr, which was the site of the regime's secret nuclear program that Israel bombed in the fall of 2007.
Here's the first video:
And the second: