Protesters in Syrian city of Homs 311 (R).
(photo credit: Reuters)
AMMAN - Syrian security forces shot dead
at least 30 demonstrators on Friday during protests that broke
out across the country in defiance of a military crackdown which
has killed hundreds of people, a rights activist said.
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Other activists reported demonstrations across Syria, from
Banias and Latakia on the Mediterranean coast to the oil
producing region of Deir al-Zor, Qamishli in the Kurdish east
and the Hauran Plain in the south, one day after the United
States told President Bashar al-Assad to reform or step down.
has barred most international media since the protests
broke out two months ago, making it impossible to verify
independently accounts from activists and officials.
"No dialogue with tanks," said banners carried by Kurdish
protesters who shouted "azadi", the Kurdish word for freedom,
rejecting promises by the authorities for a national dialogue, a
Protests erupted in Damascus
suburbs and the capital's
district, where two witnesses said security forces fired
at protesters and chased them in the streets.
The Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights
, which is based in
Britain, said at least 831 civilians had been killed since the
uprising against autocratic rule erupted in the southern city of
nine weeks ago. It said at least 10,000 people had been
arrested, including hundreds across Syria
Some protesters were calling for freedom, activists said,
while others called for "the overthrow of the regime", the
slogan of uprisings which toppled leaders in Egypt
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