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The United States called on Syria Wednesday to exercise restraint and refrain from violence following reports that protesters were injured by plainclothes police in Damascus.

US State Department spokesperson Mark Toner urged Syria on Wednesday to exercise restraint and to refrain from violence.

“We call on the Syrian government to live up to its obligations under the universal declaration on human rights, ” adding ” we are concerned by today’s reports of injured and detained protesters in Syria and we call on the Syrian government to exercise restraint and to refrain from violence.”

Despite the ban , about 150 protesters gathered in a square in the Syrian capital, near the country’s interior ministry calling for the release of political prisoners . Security forces reportedly arrested more than two dozen of the protesters.

This was the second day of protests . About 200 protesters took to the streets of Old Damascus on Tuesday, calling for liberty and political freedoms.

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