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Protesters in Syria’s Daraa rally against Hafez al-Assad statue

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Syrian opposition activists say dozens of people have demonstrated in the southern city of Daraa to protest the construction of a statue of late Syrian President Hafez al-Assad.

The late al-Assad is the father of President Bashar al-Assad whose forces have made major gains over the past few years in the war with backing from his strong allies, Russia and Iran.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor, said the protest occurred in Daraa’s center with protesters chanting “Long live Syria” and “Down with Bashar Assad.”

Other opposition activist collectives including Sham Network reported the protest.