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Protesters killed in Syrian violence

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At least 20 protesters have been killed during marches in several Syrian cities.
 
It is estimated that up to a million people have taken to the streets to challenge President Bashar al-Assad’s rule.
 
For the first time, much larger marches have been reported in Damascus. Until today, the uprising has mostly occured outside the Syrian capital.
 
Police fired live ammunition and teargas against several protestors in several suburbs.
 
Thousands of residents of the city, who have started to feel the effects of the economic downturn took to the streets, many chanting “the people don’t need Bashar”.
 
Human rights groups say at least 1,400 people have been killed since March.
 
Assad has responded to the protests with a mixture of force and promises of reforms.