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Friday protests rock Syria and Egypt

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2011-07-08

Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Egypt and Syria on Friday and clashed with security forces. Our live blog covered the day's events.

EGYPT

- Tens of thousands of people rallied in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for a new Friday of nationwide protests, expressing frustration with the slow pace of reform following the country’s popular revolt earlier this year.

- Marches took place in cities across Egypt, with several thousand gathering in Alexandria and Suez to demand swift trials for ousted president Hosni Mubarak and other former officials.

- In Sharm el-Sheik, several thousands marched toward the clinic where Mubarak is being detained, saying his presence in the Red Sea resort was harming tourism.

 
SYRIA

- Half a million people reportedly demonstrated in Syria on Friday, with clashes between protesters and police breaking out in the flashpoint city of Hama. Demonstrations also took place in the northern city of Alep and in Damascus, where two people were killed during protests.

- At least 13 people were killed by security forces in demonstrations across Syria, including five in Homs, according to opposition activists.

- The US and French ambassadors to Syria separately visited Hama on Friday in gestures of support for the demonstrators, but both left by midday so as not to interfere with the protests.

- The Syrian regime condemned the American diplomatic visit, accusing Washington of meddling.  

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Date created : 2011-07-08

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