Mustafa Osso says the agents tried to break up a protest of about 2,000 students at the campus in the city of Aleppo early on Tuesday. He says many of the students were chased into their dorms and badly beaten.

A human rights activist says Syrian government agents chased students who were protesting against President Bashar Assad’s regime at a northern campus, beating them with batons and injuring dozens.

Mustafa Osso says the agents tried to break up a protest of about 2,000 students at the campus in the city of Aleppo early on Tuesday. He says many of the students were chased into their dorms and badly beaten.

The university has seen several anti—regime demonstrations in the past weeks.

Mr. Osso says security forces on Tuesday also dispersed a rally about 3,000 in the central city of Homs.

Syria’s top rights organization has said that Mr. Assad’s crackdown killed more than 850 people nationwide since the turmoil engulfed the country in mid—March.

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