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After jihadis from ISIS swept into the central Syrian town of Palmyra this month, government officials, opposition supporters and international organizations quickly warned that the area's world-famous Roman-era ruins were in danger of being demolished. ISIS did carry out a spectacular demolition Saturday – but of the political prison that for many Syrians is one of the most notorious landmarks of the Baath Party's 50-plus-year grip on power.The prison was reportedly shut down in 2001 but then reopened a decade later, after the popular uprising against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad erupted. Regime media outlets and pro-regime social media were silent about Saturday's demolition while anti-regime Syrians were divided over how to react to the news, as many expressed the same type of dismay over the loss of "evidence".Some, however, expressed the view that the bodies of detainees would likely be discovered in the desert area surrounding the facility, and that the shabby structures had probably been emptied of any damning evidence before ISIS arrived.
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