Syria says country is calm, some calls for reform

DAMASCUS (Reuters) – Syria’s state news agency said worshippers in Deraa and Latakia, scenes of protests and deadly clashes last month, gathered after Friday prayers to call for accelerated reforms and chanted tributes for the dead.

But it said there had been no confrontations between the worshippers and security forces, and reported calm across the country. It also said there had been gatherings in several Syrian provinces supporting “national unity and stability.”

Syrian activists said protests broke out in three Syrian cities on Friday, and witnesses said security forces killed three protesters in a southern Damascus suburb.

(Editing by Jon Boyle)

Syria says country is calm, some calls for reform