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Syria: Demonstrations to Celebrate National Independence Day of Syria

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DAMASCUS- Many Syrian activists online have reported that demonstrations erupted early today at some cities to celebrate Independence National Day of Syria. Activists called for protests through social network sites.

Activists reaffirmed their right to stage peaceful protests.

Syria's leading pro-democracy group, the Damascus Declaration group, urged Syrians to stage peaceful protests in all Syrian cities and abroad to bolster Syria's popular uprising and ensure its continuity.

Syrian protesters chanted slogans calling for greater freedom at an Independence Day rally in the southern town of Suweida on Sunday, a witness said.



"God, Syria, freedom, that's all," chanted several hundred protesters among the crowd. They also shouted "no fear" and slogans supporting the city of Deraa, where protests first broke out a month ago and which has seen the heaviest bloodshed.

Syrian Authorities seized on Sunday a huge consignment of weapons in a refrigerator car driven by an Iraqi in a bid to smuggle it from Iraq to Syria via al-Tanf border crossing.

Director-General of Syrian Customs Mustapha al-Bikai told SANA that “Weapons seized comprise up-to-date machine guns of various kinds, automatic rifles, sniper rifles, pistols, telescopes, bomb-shooters and large quantities of various kinds of ammunition.”

He added “weapons were hidden in a clandestine 12-meter-long cache, well-prepared and equipped with compressors for opening it.” He commented that the weapons were enveloped in a tin material so as not to be detected by devices.


Bikai said other weapons consignments have been seized lately as there were attempts at smuggling them into Syria via Bab al-Hawa, as-Salama, Jdaidet Yabous crossings.

''Transport and passengers' movement continue as usual,'' al-Bikai told SANA.
In Homs, The streets and neighborhoods of Homs on Saturday echoed with the cheering of thousands of bereaved citizens who gathered to pay the last honors to Issam Mohammad Hassan and express their pride of their martyr.


Sergeant Major of Homs police force, Mohammad Hassan, was martyred on Friday after being assaulted by protesters with batons and stones while in the line of his duty.

Meanwhile, today is Palm Sunday. Christians in Syria will pray in churches; but they will not carry out usual celebrations on the street.

Syria's President promised Saturday to end 48 years of emergency rule this coming week but coupled his concession with a stern warning that further unrest will be considered sabotage.

Rallies in Syria would take place on Sunday to mark Evacuation Day, commemorating the departure of the last French soldiers 65 years ago and Syria's proclamation of independence. Pro-Government were also present declaring loyalty to the President and Syria.

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