March 21, 2011
Fresh clashes in Syria as thousands protest Assad regime
Mourners march at funeral of 23-year-old killed by security forces in protests; Syrian army deploys troops in site of protests in effort to calm anti-government demonstrations.
The Syrian army deployed on Monday at the entrances to the southern city of Daraa as officials tried to calm passions following protests for freedom in which five civilians were killed, residents said.
Thousands of mourners marched at the funeral of 23-year-old Raed al-Kerad who died on Sunday, the latest of five protesters to be killed by security forces. Mourners chanted slogans demanding political freedom and an end to corruption.
“God, Syria, freedom. The people want the overthrow of corruption,” they chanted.
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