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Silence has been broken in Syria

Silence has been broken in Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The silence has been broken in Syria. A "day of rage" has now been held in several cities - Damascus, Homs, Banyas, and Deraa, south of Damascus.
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Tear gas fired at Syria mourners

Tear gas fired at Syria mourners | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syrian security forces have fired tear gas to disperse crowds at the funeral of two people killed in anti-government protests on Friday, witnesses say. Thousands had gathered for the funeral in the southern city of Deraa, and began chanting anti-government slogans.
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Syria mourners call for revolt, forces fire tear gas

Syria mourners call for revolt, forces fire tear gas | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - Thousands of mourners called Saturday for "revolution" at the funeral of protesters killed by Syrian security forces, the boldest challenge to Syria's rulers since uprisings began sweeping the Arab world.
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Syrian police fires tear gas at mourners in Deraa

Syrian police fires tear gas at mourners in Deraa | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A group of 10 women activists detained by Syrian authorities in a protest earlier this week have launched a hunger strike, rights groups said Saturday... The statement named the women as Suheir Atassi, Sirine Khoury, Ruba and Laila Labwani, Dana Jawabreh, Nisrine Hassan, Wafaa Lahham, Nahed Badawiyya, Siba Hassan and Hervine Awssi.
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The Revolution Reaches Damascus

The Revolution Reaches Damascus | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
DAMASCUS, Syria — Until this week, it appeared that Syria might be immune from the turmoil that has gripped the Middle East. But trouble may now be starting to brew.
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Police Kill 6 Protesters in Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria — Protests broke out in four Syrian cities on Friday, the first large-scale demonstrations here since the pro-democracy uprisings began in the Arab world three months ago. Brutal police crackdowns followed, leaving six people dead and scores injured.
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Clashes erupt at protests in Syria

Clashes erupt at protests in Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Reports of violence as residents of three towns fill the streets in demonstrations against the government.
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'Days of Rage' erupt in Syria

'Days of Rage' erupt in Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
To hear Syrian TV tell it, since Tuesday Damascus has been the scene of "a few insignifi cant incidents" provoked by "a handful of misguided elements."
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32 protesters held for hurting Syria's 'image': NGO

32 protesters held for hurting Syria's 'image': NGO | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
DAMASCUS — Syria on Thursday charged 32 demonstrators with attacking the reputation of the state a day after they joined a rally calling for the release of political prisoners, a rights group said. The 32 protesters, including rights activist Suhair Atassi, were detained on Wednesday at a Damascus rally organised by the relatives of political prisoners to petition for their release.
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The Balance of Charm and Reality

The Balance of Charm and Reality | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A Harvard group's embrace of the Syrian first lady bypasses the country's poor rights record.
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In Syria, Demonstrations Are Few and Brief

In Syria, Demonstrations Are Few and Brief | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syrians have recently engaged in a few public demonstrations, but the government clamped down immediately and fiercely
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Another protest in Syria

Another protest in Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
DAMASCUS - Syrian security forces wielding batons dispersed 150 demonstrators who had gathered in Damascus yesterday in the most serious protest in Syria since uprisings swept the Arab world. The protest came roughly 24 hours after 40 people marched through a market here chanting political slogans, in the first recent challenge to the ruling Baath Party.
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Ammar Abdulhamid: Protests in Syria

Ammar Abdulhamid: Protests in Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
On February 7, I published a piece in the Guardian that answered the question, Will Syria be next? That is, would Syria be the next Arab country to witness a popular uprising after Tunisia and Egypt? My answer was, no. The ground was not ready due to the complexity of the Syrian situation, I argued, though Syria was ripe for serious preparations to take place in order to ensure that it would have its turn down the road.
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Libyan and Syrian Dissidents Gather by the White House in Washington DC

Libyan and Syrian Dissidents Gather by the White House in Washington DC | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tens of Libyan and Syrian dissidents gathered outside the White House in Washington DC on March 19th to rally support for their people who are being struggling against their government and demanding freedom and democracy.
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Syrian mourners call for revolt -

Syrian mourners call for revolt - | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Thousands attending funeral for slain pro-democracy protesters call for "freedom" as police fire tear gas.
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U.N. secretary-general condemns reported Syrian rioting deaths

U.N. secretary-general condemns reported Syrian rioting deaths | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- The use of lethal force against peaceful demonstrators in Syria was deemed "unacceptable" Friday by the U.N. secretary-general. Ban Ki-Moon said in a statement that he is "concerned about the reported killing of demonstrators" in Diraa, Syria. Witnesses said riots erupted Friday in the Middle Eastern nation. It is the latest of a string of Arabic-speaking nations beset with discontent. The unrest spread through Hims, Diraa, Banyaas, Der Elzour and the capital, Damascus, witnesses said, and there were claims of deaths and injuries, but the assertions could not be independently confirmed.
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Mourners of Syrian protesters chant for freedom

(Reuters) - Thousands of mourners chanted for freedom and accused Syrian authorities of treason at the funeral on Saturday of two protesters killed by security forces in the southern city of Deraa.
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5 protesters killed in Syria, activist says

5 protesters killed in Syria, activist says | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syrian security forces launched a harsh crackdown Friday on protesters calling for political freedoms, killing at least five people and marking the gravest unrest in years in one of the most repressive states in the Mideast, according to accounts from activists and social media.
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Protests Across Syria Turn Violent, Showdown Could Follow

Protests Across Syria Turn Violent, Showdown Could Follow | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
At least three demonstrators were killed in Syria on Friday as anti-government protests turned violent in cities of Damascus, Daraa, Deir ez-Zor, Hama, Homs, Baniyas, and Al-Hassakah.
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Syria police disperse protest at Damascus mosque

DAMASCUS, March 18, 2011 (AFP) - Plain-clothes Syrian police broke up a protest after Friday prayers at the main mosque in central Damascus, dragging away at least two activists, AFP reporters witnessed. "There is no God but God,” a crowd inside the men's section of the Omayyed Mosque started chanting in crescendo after Friday prayers. It was unclear what had sparked the chants.
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Syrian protesters charged with weakening morale

Syrian protesters charged with weakening morale | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrian authorities have charged 33 activists who mounted a silent protest for the release of political prisoners with weakening national morale and compromising the state, defence
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Syrian Protesters Attacked by Regime Thugs in Cairo

Syrian Protesters Attacked by Regime Thugs in Cairo | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
One protester was briefly kidnapped, and others attacked, during a demonstration today in front of the Syrian embassy in Cairo.
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Syria Should Release All Detained Protesters, Human Rights Says

Syria should immediately release all those arrested yesterday by security officers who “violently dispersed a peaceful protest calling for the release of political activists,” Human Rights Watch said.
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US urges Syria to show restraint after protests

US urges Syria to show restraint after protests | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — The United States called on Syria to exercise restraint and to refrain from violence following reports Wednesday that protesters were injured by plainclothes police in Damascus.
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Arrests as Syria cracks down on prisoner protests

Arrests as Syria cracks down on prisoner protests | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Amnesty International has condemned the Syrian authorities’ crackdown on protests in the country amid a continuing wave of unrest throughout the Middle East and North Africa. A small demonstration gathered today outside the Ministry of the Interior to submit a petition for the release of political prisoners, led by relatives of the imprisoned. Shortly afterwards the group was violently dispersed by plain-clothed security officers wielding batons.
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