AMMAN - Thousands of villagers from southern Syrian towns converged on a town near the city of Deraa on Friday and chanted slogans demanding the overthrow of President Bashar Assad, two witnesses said.
They said villagers, prevented from entering the besieged Deraa, which remains encircled by tanks after it was stormed nearly two weeks ago, flocked to Tafas, 12 km (8 miles), to the northwest. Protesters were gathering in a square near the old mosque, carrying placards with the word "leave."
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