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Thu Oct 23 01:12:52 SAST 2014

Thousands march in Syrian protest town

Sapa-AP | 21 March, 2011 14:000 Comments
A crowd chants anti-regime slogans during a funeral procession for a protester killed in Dara, south Syria in this still image taken from video March 20, 2011. Syrian security forces killed a protester in the southern city of Dara on Sunday, residents said, as the authorities tried to contain three days of protests demanding freedoms and the release of political prisoners. At least five civilians have been killed by Syrian security forces since protests erupted on March 18.
Image by: REUTERS TV

Thousands of Syrians marched Monday in the southern town of Daraa after the funeral of a protester killed in the previous day's demonstration inspired by revolts in Tunisia and Egypt, a resident said.

The resident said "a mass of demonstrators started to march from the cemetery towards Al-Omari mosque after the burial" of Raed Akrad, who was killed by security forces on Sunday when they used live ammunition to break up a protest.

"Just God, Syria and Freedom," and "Revolution, revolution" chanted the demonstrators, according to the resident who also saw security forces stationed at the entrance of the town as it entered its fourth day of protests.

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