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Syrian forces clash with protesters in capital

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Syrian forces clash with protesters in capital


Syrian pro-democracy campaigners have called today “Great Friday” and great have been their numbers across the country.

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Deraa, a day after President Bashar al-Assad formally ended Syria’s five-decade-old state of emergency. Such scenes have been replicated in several other cities, including Homs, Hata and the capital Damascus.

It comes despite a warning from the government that further dissent will not be tolerated. Witnesses say at least nine people have been killed after police opened fire with live rounds and tear-gas.

More than 200 people are said to have been killed since pro-democracy protests erupted more than month ago.

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