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Syrian rights protest broken up by police

Syrian authorities yesterday broke up a rare protest by human rights activists demanding political and civil reforms on the 41st anniversary of the ruling party’s accession. It was not clear how many of the approximately 20 activists were arrested. Witnesses speaking on condition of anonymity said several were taken away by police. Several photographers and reporters were briefly detained and questioned. The protest outside Parliament, organised by the Committees for the Defence of Democratic Liberties and Human Rights in Syria, would have been the first of its kind in a country where political activity is tightly controlled. Full Story

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