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Mar212011

Syrian Forces Take Tough Stand Against Dissenters

George Doyle/Thinkstock(DARAA, Syria) -- Is Syria the latest Arab country to experience the expanding unrest in the Arab world?

It appeared that way Sunday as thousands called for revolution in the southern city of Daraa while attending a funeral for two protesters slain by Syrian security forces the day before.

The Syrian government responded quickly to the public outcry for change.  Riot police fired tear gas into the crowd, estimated at more than 10,000.  Authorities then went a step further to insure that the mounting insurrection didn't go beyond Deraa by blocking entrances to the city, although they did allow protesters to leave.

Meanwhile, there were allegations of other deaths of anti-government activists in Syria that have gone unreported.

Since the beginning of the year, pro-democracy movements have led to regime changes in Egypt and Tunisia but Syrian President Bashar Assad has vowed the same will not happen in his country.

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