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Syrian protests broken up by government

According to Al Jazeera, protests continued in the Syrian town of Deraa.  The gist of the article:

Security forces have reduced their presence in recent days in the poor, mostly Sunni city, but residents said on Monday they had returned in strength to demand the scrapping of emergency law, which was imposed when the Baath party took power in a 1963 coup.

The protesters are also demanding the release of thousands of political prisoners and want Bashar al-Assad, the president, to allow freedom of speech and assembly and curb the free reign the security apparatus enjoys in the country of 22 million.

The article also discusses anticipation of President Bashir al Assad’s speech, which may come in the next day or two, as he has yet to address the protests occurring in his country.

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