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Protests in support of Syria’s uprising have been held in several countries around the region.

On Saturday, hundreds of people in northern Iraq gathered to condemn the Syrian regime’s crackdown. About 400 members of the Syrian Kurdish community took to the streets in Sulaimaniyah to call for Assad’s ouster.

Kurds are a minority in Syria and face considerable government discrimination. Many have moved to the Kurdish autonomous region of northern Iraq over the years to escape persecution.

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Associated Press writer Albert Aji contributed to this report from Damascus, Syria.