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Syria - May 27, 2011 - 14:45

Last modified: 27 May 2011 11:45

A demonstration by around 400 people in Rukin Adeen, a Kurdish majority suburb to the north-east of the capital, has been broken up by pro-regime thugs and security personnel beating protesters with iron pipes and electric sticks, also known as cattle rods, and firing teargas at them, an eyewitness told Al Jazeera.

The demonstration took place outside the Said Basha mosque after prayers and protesters chanted for freedom and solidarity with Syrian cities under siege. Last Friday was the first reported pro-democracy protests in Rukin Adeen which were broken up by force and arrests made.

Internet, landlines and mobile networks have been cut in Damascus’ suburbs since yesterday morning, activists tell Al-Jazeera.