BOSRA, SYRIA, MARCH 31: The Roman theatre of Bosra on March 31, 2011 in Bosra, Syria. Bosra is close to the town of Der'aa where unrest first surfaced. President Bashar al-Assad is facing protests against the rule of his goverment, formed mostly from the minority Alawite sect, across the country in the wake of the Arab Spring movements. Western journalists have been banned from entering the country, and security forces have been supressing demonstrations. Syria is a predominantly  Sunni muslim country, with a high unemployment rate and a lack of human rights such as freedom of speech, but many residents see the bloody sectarian conflicts in neighbouring Iraq and Lebanon as the alternative to the current regime.  (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)