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Security forces open fire on protesters near Damascus
Syrian security forces fired on anti-government protesters in the wake of Friday prayers in Douma, a suburb of the capital Damascus, as a deadly crackdown on a popular uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's rule continued for a sixth month.
REUTERS - Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fired at protesters after Friday prayers in the Damascus suburb of Douma, as demonstrations flared anew across Syria in a sixth-month-old uprising against his autocratic rule, activists said.
“Gaddafi is gone, it is your turn Bashar!” shouted protesters in he town of Hirak northeast of Deraa, buoyed by the apparent overthrow of the Libyan strongman by rebels this week, according to a witness who spoke by phone.