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Facebook group calles rally in Homs, Syria

19 march 2011, 15:49
A Facebook page, one of the motors behind an unprecedented string of protests in Syria, called for a Saturday rally in the city of Homs, north of Damascus, AFP reports.

The Facebook group -- which has called several days of protest with different degrees of success -- disclosed the location of the demonstration in advance, a bold gesture in a country infamous for its tight grip on security.

"The rallies begin at noon in Homs at the Dalati mosque and gathering points are the streets and souks there," read a statement by The Syrian Revolution 2011 posted on the social networking site.

The group, which also carries an Arabic version of its title translating as "The Syrian Revolt against (President) Bashar al-Assad," has almost 55,000 fans.

The fresh call for protests came one day after rights groups reported that security forces killed four people and wounded hundreds in a rally in the southern city of Daraa.

Small protests have erupted since March 15 in the Old City of Damascus, demanding the release of political prisoners and reforms in the country, amid a wave of popular uprisings across the Middle East.

Syrian authorities on Thursday charged 32 activists with attacking the reputation of the state, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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