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Security forces disperse protest in Damascus | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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DAMASCUS, Syria, (AP) – Human rights activists say plainclothes security officers have forcefully broken up about a dozen protesters in central Damascus.

The activists say the protest occurred outside the famous Ummayad Mosque shortly after Friday prayers. The rights activists said two protesters were detained.

The protest is the third small rally to be violently dispersed in Damascus this week.

Syrians have tried to stage demonstrations inspired by those sweeping the Arab world, but intimidation and other factors have squelched the gatherings in a country that routinely jails critics of the regime.