Protestors killed in Syria

20 March 2011

At least three people were killed during protests in southern city of Deraa

At least three protesters have been killed in the southern city of Deraa in Syria.

Demonstrators had gathered in the southern town on Friday 18 March to call for increased political freedom and an end to corruption, according to BBC reports.

The protestors were killed during clashes with government security forces.

The protests followed on from demonstrations in Damascus and Aleppo earlier in the week.

On Wednesday 16 March, at least 35 people were arrested in Syria for demonstrating in the capital city Damascus. About 150 people had gathered to call for the release of political prisoners, according to BBC reports.

Hundreds of protestors had gathered in Damascus and Aleppo on Tuesday 15 March to call for democracy.

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad assumed power in 2000, after his father Hafez had ruled the levant state for three decades.

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