Protesters burn government buildings in 2 Syrian towns

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A resident told The Associated Press by telephone that more than 1,000 people were holding a silent sit-in the al-Omari mosque, at the center of the protests there.

A human rights activist said authorities had released 260 political prisoners in another apparent attempt at appeasement. Abdul-Karim Rihawi, who heads the Syrian Human Rights League, said most of those released on Saturday were Islamists and 14 Kurdish detainees were also let free.

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Bassem Mroue in Beirut, Steven R. Hurst in Washington and Michael Weissenstein and Diaa Hadid in Cairo contributed to this report.

 

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