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Villages and towns from Deraa in the south to Idlib in the northwest, as well as the cities of Aleppo and Deir al-Zor, and the suburbs of the capital Damascus, all saw gatherings.Around 1,000 people marched to Downing Street in London waving "rebel" flags and denouncing the international community's inaction.Jarba renewed a call for weapons as the rebels take on both President Bashar Assad's regime and extremist jihadists, from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).In the Idlib town of Kafranbel, which has become famous for its colorful and sarcastic protest posters and banners, activists not only staged demonstrations, but also inaugurated a cultural festival – the first such event, they said, in rebel-held areas.Many Facebook pages of anti-regime "coordinating committees" were full of bitter, defiant commentary on the occasion of the anniversary – reflecting both the resignation that foreign backers remain hesitant to help the opposition achieve victory, and the belief that in the end, the regime would fall.
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