Syria protesters torch party outpost, smash statue

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Posted: Apr 08, 2011 12:02 PM
Syria protesters torch party outpost, smash statue

AMMAN (Reuters) - Protesters in the southern city of Deraa on Friday set fire to a Baath Party outpost and smashed a stone statue of Basil al-Assad, President Bashar al-Assad's late brother, witnesses said.

"The statue of Basil al-Assad is just a pile of stones," one of the witnesses told Reuters by telephone from Deraa. "The protesters also set fire to a Baath Party outpost in the el-Mahatta area," he added.

Unprecedented unrest over decades of autocratic Baath Party rule has rocked Syria for more than two weeks, emboldened by pro-democracy uprisings across the Arab world.

(Reporting by Suleiman al-Khalidi; editing by Mark Heinrich)