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Police break up Damascus protest

Security forces in Syria have prevented human rights activists from holding a sit-in to protest against the continued detention of political prisoners. Police arrived in force at the planned venue in Damascus before the sit-in could take place and arrested several people, mostly Kurds. Demonstrators accused police of beating activists and breaking their placards. About 600 people are imprisoned in Syrian jails because of their political beliefs, human rights groups say. About 150 people attempted to mark International Human Rights Day outside the prime minister’s office in the centre of the capital, reports say. Riot police armed with rubber clubs dispersed the crowd and briefly detained at least seven people, all of whom were released. Full Story

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