LONDON, United Kingdom — An estimated 1,500 people took to the streets of Damascus on Thursday, after a shopkeeper’s son was allegedly beaten by police.
Such a spontaneous demonstration is unprecedented in Syria. The authorities regularly allow gatherings in support of the president, or causes that the government approves of, like Palestine and Iraq. But an anti-authority protest like Thursday morning’s scenes in downtown Damascus has not been seen for a generation.
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