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Syria protests spread south

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Anti government protests have spread across Syria to the south of the country.
 
Several hundred people took to the streets in the town of Jassem although security forces did not intervene. In Deraa, thousands of mourners marched at the funeral of one protester killed during demonstrations last week.
 
Four civilians died after troops sprayed a demonstration with gunfire last Friday.
 
The protesters want greater political freedoms and an end to corruption.
 
The unrest is the most serious challenge to President Bashar al-Assad’s rule since the 45-year-old succeeded his father 11 years ago.
 
The ruling Baath Party has banned opposition parties and enforced emergency laws since 1963.