Protest erupts in Syria after emergency law bill

By REUTERS
April 19, 2011 18:25

 
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AMMAN - A pro-democracy demonstration erupted in the restive Syrian city of Banias on Tuesday, rights campaigners said, just after the government passed bills to lift an emergency law while requiring permission for protests.

"Not Salafist, not Muslim Brotherhood. We are freedom seekers," hundreds of people chanted.

The chants were a reference to accusations by the authorities that armed Islamist groups were operating out of Banias and "spreading terror" in Syria, which has seen unprecedented protests against the authoritarian rule of President Bashar al-Assad.

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