AMMAN - Hundreds of police and militiamen
loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad used batons to attack
thousands of pro-democracy protesters in the country's mainly
Kurdish city of Qamishli on Friday, witnesses said.
Police fired teargas to disperse protesters, injuring
several people, witnesses added, in first major crackdown on
Kurdish demonstrators reported since the start of the four-month
uprising against Assad's rule.
The protesters shouted slogans demanding political freedoms,
an end to discrimination against Syria
's Kurdish minority,
witnesses told Reuters.