Minneapolis Vigil For Syrian People By Bill Sorem | April 30, 2011 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Minnesota Subscribe to Minnesota By Bill Sorem Minneapolis, MN, April 29, 2011. People from Minneapolis and St. Cloud gathered in Loring Park for a candlelight vigil for the democracy efforts of the people of Syria. The wind stymied many normal candles, but small battery powered candles expressed the hope of the Syrian People. The current Syrian regime continues to respond with more violence. The protest began in Dara in March after a small group of teens painted graffiti they’d heard about from Egypt on some walls. They were arrested and tortured including pulling their fingernails. The people rose up and demanded the rights they had been promised for many years. Dara is now under siege by government forces. LA Times story.. Citizens are appealing for humanitarian aid. Even though the violence is centered in Dara, actions have spread around the country including the capital city Damascus. Al Jazeera reportedly has no correspondents in Dara, but they have published a detailed summary of events in Syria. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.