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DAMASCUS, Syria — Plainclothes Syrian security agents were deployed in small groups outside Parliament in the country's capital ahead of planned anti-government demonstrations.
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Campaigns on Facebook and Twitter have called for a "day of rage" in Damascus on Friday and Saturday.
The campaigns take inspiration from Egypt and Tunisia in using social
networking sites to rally their followers for sweeping political
Syria's authoritarian President Bashar Assad has resisted calls for political freedoms and jailed critics of his regime.
By early afternoon, no protesters had gathered outside Syria's parliament.
Human Rights Watch quotes witnesses as saying Syrian security forces
have been intimidating people in recent days who have tried to assemble
to support the protesters in Egypt.