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Experiments with truth: 4/18/11

  • On Sunday thousands took the streets across Syria demanding that President Bashar al-Assad step down. At least 13 people were killed and many more arrested when Syrian forces attacked ongoing protests in two towns.
  • In Yemen, at least 22 people were wounded Sunday when government forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh fired on pro-democracy protesters. The crackdown came just one day after thousands of women took to the streets to protest a claim by Saleh that demonstrators are violating Islamic law because they are allowing women and men to mix.
  • In Serbia, some 50,000 protesters Saturday gathered in the capital, Belgrade, to protest against the government and call for early elections.
  • On Sunday, 6,000 Palestinian prisoner launched a one-day hunger strike to protest the internal Palestinian split and Israeli measures.