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Marches continue in Syria after burial of protester, eyewitnesses say

By the CNN Wire Staff
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Middle East unrest reaches Syria
  • Hundreds of protesters march Monday in the Syrian city of Daraa, a witness said
  • Marches continued after the burial of a protester killed in Sunday's clashes, says witness
  • Protesters want reform and more political and economic freedoms

(CNN) -- Hundreds of protesters marched Monday in the southern Syrian city of Daraa after they buried the body of a protester who was killed Sunday in clashes between anti-government demonstrators and security forces, an eyewitness told CNN.

Two people were killed during demonstrations in the city Friday, according to SANA, the Syrian news agency. According to witnesses, five people have died in Daraa since Friday.

Sunday's protests came the same day a delegation from President Bashar al-Assad offered "condolences to the families of the two martyrs who died during the unfortunate events which took place in Daraa on Friday," SANA said.

Local tribal leaders have said they rejected a government proposal to bring about calm and have put together a list of demands including asking that the head of the local police and governor of Daraa be held accountable for the civilian casualties since Friday, witnesses said.

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Opponents of the al-Assad government allege massive human rights abuses and are calling for political and economic reforms.

Syria is the latest in a string of Arabic-speaking nations beset with discontent.

CNN's Amir Ahmed and Yousuf Basil contributed to this report.

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