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More violence in Syria as dissent rises

More violence in Syria as dissent rises

DAMASCUS - More deadly violence erupted in Syria on Saturday as snipers killed two people and demonstrators torched an office of the ruling Baath party of President Bashar al-Assad. The violence came on day 12 of dissent in a country renowned for its iron grip on security. Authorities however freed 260 political detainees in a bid to appease increasingly angry protesters, who have put Assad under unprecedented domestic pressure since he came to power in 2000. Officials have confirmed 27 killed in clashes between demonstrators and security forces, 20 of them protesters, in cities including Homs, Sanamen, Daraa and Latakia since the rallies began on March 15. Activists have put the death toll at more than 126, with upwards of 100 killed on Wednesday alone in a bloody crackdown on protests in Daraa, the southern tribal town that has become the symbol of the protests. In Latak...

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