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Syrian protesters mourn victims of unrest


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Syrian protesters mourn victims of unrest

Thousands of Syrians turned out yesterday to mourn yet another victim of the clashes between pro-democracy protesters and security forces.

Sunday was Syria’s Independence Day holiday and chants from activists were noticeably more hostile towards President Bashar al-Assad.

Crowds were fired upon in one city with witnesses claiming three more people were killed.

Rights groups put the death toll in the recent weeks of unrest at 200. Assad says Syria is the target of a conspiracy and blames the violence on armed gangs.

Although he has promised reforms, the president has failed to appease the public.

He may have named a new cabinet but opposition figures are not convinced things will change. They believe President Assad’s new laws to replace the much hated emergency rule are likely to retain severe curbs on political freedoms.

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