7:19am

Fri June 3, 2011
The Two-Way

'Children's Friday' Protests Called In Syria; Internet Access Cut?

The death of 13-year-old Hamza Ali al-Khateeb, allegedly after he was tortured by authorities, continues to rock Syria.

As The Guardian reports, "protests are planned in Syria today to mark 'children's Friday,' in memory of Hamza ... a 13-year-old boy who was killed in the Deraa area and whose battered and mutilated corpse has become a rallying-point for anger at the regime of President Bashar al-Assad."

Al-Jazeera adds that protesters are also marking the deaths of six other children killed during protests.

Meanwhile, the Assad regime appears to have done what it can to further isolate the protesters from the rest of the world. Google's "Transparency Report" tool shows that traffic to the Web from Syria has virtually stopped in recent hours — a sign that access to the Internet has been blocked.

Indeed, al-Jazeera says that "a government-sponsored website has confirmed that internet has been disconnected across the country."

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