Protests break out in Syrian towns after Friday prayers

May 21st, 2011 - 12:41 am ICT by IANS  

Damascus, May 20 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Protests broke out in several Syrian towns following Friday prayers, the local media reported.

Two people were killed and several injured during the protests in Homs governorate in central Syria. But the police did not open fire on protesters, a correspondent of the Syrian state TV said in a report.

Independent Syrian TV channel Ad-Dounia reported that some 400 people hit the streets of the city of Al-Qamishli in northeastern Syria demanding a speed-up of reforms in the country. Similar protests were observed in the neighbouring towns of Darbasia and Amuda.

Protesters in the eastern Syrian city of Abu Kamal set tires on fire and burnt cars and several motorcycles, the channel reported.

The latest violence came after Syrian President Bashar Assad said Wednesday that his country had overcome its two-month-long political crisis.

The Syrian human rights group Sawasiah says more than 800 people have been killed since the unrest against the country’s long-time ruler began in mid-March.

Syrian authorities claim the protests are being organised by Islamic extremists seeking to seize power in the country.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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