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35 arrested after Syria protest, rights group says

Authorities arrested 35 people after a protest in Syria’s largest city this week, a rights group said Thursday. The demonstrators were taken into custody at the University of Aleppo on Wednesday, said Ammar Qurabi of the National Organization for Human Rights. The protest took place after the interior ministry on Tuesday called on people to refrain from holding public gatherings. Human rights activists told CNN that police arrested political activist Mahmoud Issa late Tuesday, whisking him away from his house in Homs – another flashpoint of grass-roots discontent.

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