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While the Syrian regime and its opponents exchanged accusations and vitriol from the podiums at the opening of peace talks in Switzerland, on the sidelines outside the conference, their respective supporters and media delegations engaged in fierce and sometimes physical confrontations.The talks, opening Wednesday in the picturesque lakeside city of Montreux and continuing in Geneva, present a rare and sometimes surreal opportunity for opponents in Syria's bitter civil war to engage in dialogue.Opposition activists, for years forced underground for fear of the regime's ruthless security services, have come face to face with regime representatives in the Swiss city.Later, Jarrah was reportedly assaulted outside the talks by regime supporters, who he described as "thugs".A man on the regime's side challenges the reporter's identity.
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