Thousands protest in key Syrian city
Around 3,000 people marched on Friday demanding the freedom of Daraa, the epicentre of protests which have rocked Syria since March 15, a rights activist said.
Damascus: Around 3,000 people marched on Friday demanding the freedom of Daraa, the epicentre of protests which have rocked Syria since March 15, a rights
"Between 2,500 and 3,000 people showed up at Al-Saraya
area in the centre of the city, chanting slogans in favour of
freedom and against the hostile regime," said the activist on
condition of anonymity.
He said protesters in the southern city of Daraa
chanted "Death rather than humiliation!"
Other protesters are "going to come from nearby
villages," he said as security forces did not intervene.
The latest demonstration came a day after Syria
announced an amnesty for scores of prisoners detained since
the protests erupted and as it unveiled a new cabinet to
replace the one that quit last month.
Last Friday, Syrian security forces shot dead seven
people in Daraa as thousands of people staged pro-democracy
rallies after Muslim weekly prayers.
The seven were reportedly killed when security forces
opened fire with rubber bullets and live rounds to disperse
Daraa, some 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of
Damascus, has become the focal point of anti-government
protests marred by deadly violence since the political unrest
erupted in Syria.