Syrians protest to demand freedom of detainees

A Syria-based human rights activist says thousands of anti-government protesters are flooding the streets in northeast Syria.
Mustafa Osso says the crowds are chanting for the downfall of President Bashar Assad's regime and for all detainees to be freed.
The Syrian opposition has dedicated Friday's protests to the tens of thousands of people detained since the uprising began in mid-March.
Assad is trying to crush the rebellion with a deadly government crackdown that activists say has killed some 1,600 people. The government disputes the toll and blames the bloodshed on a foreign conspiracy and gangs.
The uprising has proved remarkably resilient in a country known for its brutal dictatorship.