I have studiously avoided this topic as it is much more complex than is acknowledged by either side. Unlike Egypt or Tunisia, the revolt in Syria has been fomented and/or facilitated by the West. The Assads, along with Iran and the militias in Lebanon and Palestine, have been leading the resistance to imperialism. The powers that be would love to see regime change in Syria. However, like Iran, there is much to object to in the heavy-handed way Syria is governed, and the people have every right to rebel. The issue is what will follow if the Assads are toppled: a more democratic state, or yet another West-backed dictatorship.
Here's an interesting article.
And Assad has a great deal of supporters. Here they demonstrate in large numbers.