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Friday, June 24, 2011

Protests across Syria demand end of Assad's rule, Posted by Meosha Eaton

AMMAN, June 24 - Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the street across Syria on Friday to denounce attacks by the military designed to crush a 13-week pro-democracy uprising that has demanded the president's departure, witnesses and activists said.

"Tell the world Bashar (al-Assad) is without legitimacy," shouted several thousand protesters in the Damascus suburb of Irbin, an eyewitness said, the chants echoing over the phone.

In the central cities of Homs and Hama protesters shouted "the people want the downfall of the regime," while in Deraa, the cradle of the uprising, protesters carried banners rejecting a vague promise of dialogue made by Assad in a speech this week. Similar protests erupted on the coast, and in the eastern provinces of Qamishli and Deir al-Zor, on the border with Iraq's Sunni heartland. (Additional reporting by Suleiman al-Khalidi; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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