Syria: Hundreds charged with “degrading the state”

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May 3, 2011
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"Hundreds of ordinary Syrians have been charged with 'degrading the prestige of the state,' the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, in President Bashar al-Assad's drive to crush protests against his autocratic rule. The charge, which carries a 3-year prison sentence, was lodged on Tuesday against hundreds of people detained in the last few days, particularly in the run-up to Friday prayers, which have seen increasingly large pro-democracy demonstrations." (05/03/11)  

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