10 Apr '11, 9pm

Syrian tanks deployed to deter further pro-democracy unrest |TODAYonline| #Syria

AMMAN - Syrian tanks were deployed overnight in flashpoint areas, residents said yesterday, in a government effort to prevent further outbreaks of pro-democracy unrest. Once-unthinkable public dissent challenging President Bashar Assad's authoritarian rule has spread across Syria, despite his attempts to defuse resentment by making some gestures towards reform, in the tightly-controlled country of 20 million. The mass protests are now in their fourth week. Witnesses said on Saturday that security forces had used live ammunition and tear gas to scatter thousands of mourners in the southern city of Deraa, where protests erupted in March, after a mass funeral for protesters killed on Friday. The mourners had assembled near the old Omari mosque in the old quarter of Deraa, a mostly Sunni Muslim city, where resentment against minority Alawite rule runs high. According to the Un...

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