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Syrian troops enter key port city of Latakia after 12 killed in protests

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Protests across the country

Anti-government protests continued across Syria on Saturday, reports Agence France-Presse.

Protesters in the city of Tafas torched a police station and the local headquarters of the Baath Party, which has ruled Syria since 1963. And in Deraa, the city along the Jordanian border which has been the epicenter of Syria's recent anti-government protests, some 300 men tore down a statue of former President Hafez Assad, father of current President Bashar Assad.

AFP adds that in an effort to placate the protesters and show evidence of promised reform, the Syrian government released 260 political prisoners Saturday. Abdul Karim Rihawi of the Syrian League for the Defence of Human Rights told AFP that the detainees were mainly Islamists, along with 14 Kurds.

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