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Syrian security police kill at least 32 protesters

07-16-2011 08:17 BJT

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Witnesses and rights groups say at least 32 protesters have been shot dead by Syrian security forces. Friday's violence broke out as tens of thousands of people staged the biggest rally to date across the country, against President Bashar Al-Assad.

Previous demonstrations in Damascus rarely attracted more than a few hundred people, but amateur video footage shows massive marches in the capital this time around.

Activists and witnesses say police fired live ammunition and tear gas to break-up the gatherings. Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least 350,000 people protested in the eastern province of Deir Al Zor.

Witnesses and rights groups say at least 32 protesters have been shot dead
by Syrian security forces.

Activists add that the government crackdown has killed at least 1,600 civilians so far. The administration disputes the toll. Officials blame the bloodshed on gangs, and a foreign conspiracy to sow sectarian strife in Syria.

Witnesses and rights groups say at least 32 protesters have been shot dead
by Syrian security forces.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: CNTV.CN

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