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Anti-government protests spread in Syria

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Anti-government protests spread in Syria


After a weekend of demonstrations in Syria demanding democracy, unrest looks to be spreading.

Residents said security forces blocked entrances to the southern city of Deraa, as mourners marched at the funeral of the latest protester to be killed.

For days, Deraa has been the focus of calls for more freedom in one of the Arab world’s most authoritarian states. At least five civilians are reported dead in a crackdown as anti-government anger rages.

Symbols of Syria’s ruling elite have been burned in Deraa, like the main courts complex and, it seems, a headquarters of the ruling Baath Party. Elsewhere in the country, more protests are being reported in the strongest challenge yet to President Bashar al-Assad.

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