Damascus: Syrian activists say security troops have stormed a protest sit-in near the capital Damascus, arresting about 200 people in the midnight raid.
The activists say up to 4,000 people were demonstrating in the town of Douma near Damascus when, around midnight Friday, electricity was cut and the protesters came under attack. The activists spoke on condition of anonymity fearing reprisals.
The raid capped a day of a relentless government crackdowns on protesters across Syria as one of Mideast's most repressive regimes sought to quell demonstrations that exploded nationwide demanding reform.
The state-run news agency, meanwhile, said on Saturday that an armed group attacked an officers' club in the city of Homs the previous day, killing one person and wounding others.
First Published: Saturday, March 26, 2011, 15:32