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Activists: Syrian gov’t crushing dissent town by town

DAMASCUS (AFP) – Syrian security forces kept crushing dissent town-by-town and rounding up opposition leaders on Thursday, activists said, in an unrelenting crackdown that Washington has slammed as “barbaric.” The army and security services arrested dozens of people in the flashpoint coastal city of Banias and the neighbouring villages of…

22 Syrian protesters killed: rights activist

DAMASCUS — At least 22 protesters were killed on Friday as anti-regime demonstrations and clashes with security forces raged around Syria, the head of the National Organisation for Human Rights said. “We have the names of 17 demonstrators killed in Daraa, and we have been told of the deaths of…

Syria protests spread, arrests in capital: AFP

DAMASCUS (AFP) – Protests spread in Syria on Friday from their southern epicentre of Daraa to Damascus and a town south of the capital, where authorities moved to arrest at least five demonstrators. Hundreds of people marched from Omayyed mosque in the centre of Damascus’ Old City along Souk Al-Hamadiyeh…

Syria frees activists, says may end emergency law

DAMASCUS – President Bashar al-Assad’s government on Thursday said it may scrap an emergency law in place since 1963 and announced the release of all activists detained this month, following a week of deadly protests in the south. “Under a directive by President Bashar al-Assad, all those detained in recent…

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