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May 16, 2021

Syrian protesters defy Damascus ban

Protesters in Syria have for a second day defied a ban on demonstrations, gathering in Damascus to demand the release of political prisoners, BBC reports. Security forces broke up the protest using batons and at least four people were reportedly arrested. On Tuesday, according to videos posted online, hundreds took to the streets of the capital and other cities calling for democratic reforms. The ruling Baath party has dominated Syrian politics for nearly 50 years.

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