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It was in Baba Amr, in Syria's Homs, that the armed uprising against Bashar al-Assad erupted, but with people turning out to vote Tuesday as the president sought re-election, the spirit of revolution seemed to have vanished.At the beginning of the uprising three years ago, Homs got its nickname because of the massive anti-Assad demonstrations that were brutally crushed by the regime.It has seen some of the worst violence since the outbreak of the uprising and, for almost two years, anti-regime fighters and residents were trapped by a suffocating army siege of the Old City.The ballot box at Hassan al-Sabet school is getting full, and an electoral official has to shake it so that more voters can slip their ballots in.Governor Talal al-Barazi told AFP that, by 3:30 pm, 597,000 of the 1.18 million registered voters in Homs province had cast ballots.Speaking in the town of Arsal, a militant who escaped Homs has a different view of the election.
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