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Pro-Syrian President Bashar Assad protester, waves Syrian flag as she looks to the crowed who demonstarte to show their support for their president, in Damascus, Syria, on Tuesday, March 29, 2011. Pledging allegiance for President Bashar Assad as he faces the biggest challenge to his 11-year rule, hundreds of thousands of Syrians gathered in a central Damascus square Tuesday, waving his pictures and chanting support. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)
Photo by: Bassem Tellawi
Pro-Syrian President Bashar Assad protester, waves Syrian flag as she looks to the crowed who demonstarte to show their support for their president, in Damascus, Syria, on Tuesday, March 29, 2011. Pledging allegiance for President Bashar Assad as he faces the biggest challenge to his 11-year rule, hundreds of thousands of Syrians gathered in a central Damascus square Tuesday, waving his pictures and chanting support. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

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