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New protests flare in Syria towns

Fresh protests have flared in Syria at the end of a week that has seen dozens of demonstrators killed.

Offices of the ruling Baath party were burned down in the southern town of Tafas and coastal town of Latakia, witnesses said, while hundreds renewed demonstrations in Deraa.

The authorities earlier released more than 200 political prisoners in Damascus, a UK-based rights group said.

The protests are a serious challenge to President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

The BBC's Caroline Hawley reports.

  • 27 Mar 2011
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