Protest in Syrian city Homs
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Syria protests: Homs city sit-in 'dispersed by gunfire'

Syria's government has lifted the country's decades-old state of emergency as protests against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad continue.

The state security court, which handled the trials of political prisoners, has been abolished while a new law allowing peaceful protests has been approved.

The repeal of the emergency law was a key demand of protesters.

Earlier, unverified footage from the western city of Homs appeared to show security forces opening fire.

Caroline Hawley reports.

  • 19 Apr 2011
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