Experiments with truth: 4/6/11

    • Residents of the southern town of Daraa, one of the focal points of the protests in Syria, held a general strike on Tuesday as part of “Martyrs Week”—a series of demonstrations to honor those killed in security crackdowns on anti-regime demonstrations.
    • Dozens of Omani protesters staged a sit-in on Saturday at the capital in Muscat to demand probes into alleged state abuses after clashes with security forces left at least one person dead on Friday.
    • Students from across Pennsylvania headed to Harrisburg on Tuesday to protest proposed higher education cuts. After the rally, Penn State University students and alumni paid personal visits to more than 90 lawmakers, offering them some of their famous Creamery ice cream.


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