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Syrian security trying to prevent protests | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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BEIRUT, (AP) — Activists in Syria say authorities are taking measures to try to stop anti-government protests after Friday prayers at the country’s mosques.

Activists say security forces closed off areas and set up checkpoints after calls for protests throughout the country. They spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

On Thursday, Syrian forces surrounded the city of Hama, scene of a brutal attack ordered by the father of Syrian President Bashar Assad in 1982, when thousands of protesters were killed.

More than 750 people have been killed and thousands detained since the current uprising against the repressive regime began in mid-March.

Assad is determined to crush the popular rebellion despite international pressure and sanctions from Europe and the United States.