Syrian legislator defects to protest crackdown

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Observers on Sunday visited the coastal city of Banias and the restive town of Maaret al-Numan in northern Syria, where they were met by thousands of anti-Assad protesters chanting for his downfall.

Amateur video posted by activists on the Internet showed the monitors watching and filming from a balcony as a large protest unfolded on the streets below.

“Victory for our revolution!” the protesters shouted.

Associated Press writer Aya Batrawy contributed to this report from Cairo.

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