Thousands protest in southern Syrian city

AFP , Friday 22 Apr 2011

Demonstrations erupt in protest hotbed Daraa Friday

Several thousand people demonstrated in Syria's southern city of Daraa on Friday, calling for the "overthrow of the regime" of President Bashar al-Assad, witnesses said. The protests, in the city which saw the outbreak of Syria's five-week-old popular demonstrations, came a day after Assad lifted a draconian state of emergency which had been in place for nearly 50 years -- one of the key demands of the protesters.

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