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Syria - Jul 1, 2011 - 20:19

Last modified: 1 Jul 2011 17:19

Earlier today, about 6,000 anti-government protesters took to the streets of Hajjar al-Aswad, a poor neighbourhood near the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, according to an eyewitness.

“This Friday’s demonstration is the best answer to the dialogue invitation for a dialogue,” said Fadi, a 22-year-old university student from Hajjar al-Aswad.

"No one of those protesters will accept to sit with this regime. We are looking for a free and democratic state not run by Assad family or Baath party.”

Hajjar al-Aswad has been protesting every Friday since late April, when security forces killed the son of the local imam, spurring ever more people to take part.