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Syria - Jun 3, 2011 - 16:12

Last modified: 3 Jun 2011 13:12

Secret police opened fire and shot teargas to disperse more than 10,000 protesters in Deir Ezzour, in Syria’s tribal east, an activist from the Syrian Revolution Coordinators Union (SRCU) told Al Jazeera. Ten protesters were wounded and around 40 were arrested, he said.

The SRCU is the name given this week to one of Syria's grassroots opposition networks. The SRCU works alongside the Local Coordinating Committees (LCC), another grassroots opposition network. 

Protesters in Deir Ezzour converged from six areas of the city after Friday prayers, said the activist, chanting for the toppling of the regime. They also called out Hamza al-Khateeb’s name, chanting: “Let’s have a free future for our children.”

Security forces had surrounded Sabaa Bahraat square in order to protect a giant statue of Hafez al-Assad, Syria’s former dictator, from being vandalized, he said.

“Four times the protesters dispersed when they opened fire, but then reassembled in another part of town,” he said. The deployment of army and secret police in the city was the largest since the uprising began, he said, and internet has been completely cut, making it impossible to upload videos of the protests.