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– Syrian security forces fired at thousands of protesters early Tuesday
in the central city of Homs, breaking up a demonstration to demand the
resignation of President Bashar al-Assad, activists said.
least one person was reported killed when the security forces assaulted
a downtown square, firing live ammunition and tear gas to dislodge
protesters and chasing them through the streets.
had begun a sit-in Monday night in New Clock Square in the center of
Homs, about 100 miles north of Damascus, after a day of funerals for
people killed the previous night by state security forces.
place “Liberation Square,” the demonstrators chanted slogans such as,
“The people want to topple the regime.” They had vowed to remain there
in the same manner as Egyptian protesters whose demands for regime
change led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak in January.
was the biggest demonstration we have seen so far all over Syria,”
said Wissam Tarif, director of the human rights group INSAN, whose
members observed the rally. It was also the most organized
demonstration yet, he said, with activists and an imam giving speeches
and people setting up tents.
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