April 8, 2011 / 1:54 PM / 8 years ago

Police beat protesters at Damascus mosque -witness

AMMAN, April 8 (Reuters) - Syrian security police attacked Sunni Muslim protesters with batons as they exited a Damascus mosque on Friday, a witness said.

Syria’s minority Alawite-led government appeared to stepping up efforts to prevent pro-democracy demonstrations against their rule from spreading.

“It was hard to know who was who because those ‘Amn’ (security) forces do not wear uniforms,” the witness, a Westerner living near the Rifai mosque in the Kfar Souseh district of the Syrian capital, told Reuters.

Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis; editing by Mark Heinrich

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