March 26, 2011 / 4:35 PM / 9 years ago

Syrian forces fire tear gas, disperse Deraa protest

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian security forces fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters staging a sit-in in one of the main squares of the southern town of Deraa, a witness in Deraa said.

“Several hundred youths were trying to stage a sit-in ... and they were dispersed by central security forces who fired tear gas on them,” the witness said.

The protesters were calling for the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad’s rule.

Editing by Louise Ireland

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