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A pro-regime Syrian newspaper said Wednesday that "tens of thousands" of detainees would be covered by this week's unprecedented amnesty approved by Syrian President Bashar Assad, with approximately 3,000 people already released as part of the measure.The newspaper said it expected the process to continue throughout the month of June, due to the large number of people who would eventually benefit from the amnesty.The amnesty is unprecedented because it extends for the first time to those accused under sweeping anti-terror legislation passed in July 2012, under which tens of thousands of peaceful dissidents, like Darwish, and armed rebels have been held.Rights activists have demanded that the amnesty include all detainees, including more than 50,000 held without charge in Syria's notorious security branches.
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