Hundreds protest police violence in Syria

Beirut, Feb 18 (DPA) Hundreds of Syrians protested police violence after traffic wardens reportedly beat up a young man in Damascus, a Syrian opposition website reported Friday.

The Dubai-based also posted a video of the protest, which it said took place Thursday. The crowd chanted: ‘The Syrian people will not be humiliated.’

The protesters demanded that the interior minister begin an inquiry into the beating. They blocked traffic for three hours, forcing the minister to come to the spot and talk to the victim’s family.

Opposition groups have been calling on Syrians to protest what they call the ‘oppressive regime’ of Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

Pro-democracy uprisings have swept the Arab world, starting in Tunisia and then Egypt and spreading to Libya, Bahrain and Iran.

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