BLOWING UP

Syria Protests Leave Dozens Dead

Pro-government demonstrators in Syria have surrounded the Damascus bureau of Al Jazeera and are threatening to burn it to the ground after the network covered the regime’s massacre of protesters. Police fired into a crowd in the town of Sanamein on Friday, killing 20 demonstrators. An additional three people were killed in Damascus, and several more were brought down by “heavy gunfire” in Daraa as they tried to burn down a statue of the former president. Regime thugs also killed at least 15 people on Wednesday in Daraa, where the opposition movement began; protests have now spread across the country. "We strongly condemn the Syrian government's attempts to repress and intimidate demonstrators,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said Friday.