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SYRIA: Demonstrators in Damascus demand reform [Video]

March 16, 2011 |  7:28 am

A modest protest of several hundred people was held in Damascus, Syria, on Tuesday, with demonstrators demanding democratic reforms and the release of all political prisoners.

Amateur video posted on YouTube appears to show young men marching through the streets of Damascus shouting "God, Syria and freedom only" and "peaceful" as the man filming refers to the procession as the "March 15 intifada." The BBC reported that six protesters were detained by Syrian security forces.

The demonstration follows at least one failed attempt to hold a pro-reform protest in Syria following widespread pro-democracy demonstrations across the region.

-- Meris Lutz in Beirut

Video: Protesters shout slogans for freedom and peaceful protest during a march through Damascus.  Credit: YouTube