» 03/29/2011, 00.00
Government resigns as Bashar al-Assad prepares to address the nation
A new cabinet should be sworn in the next 24 hours. The Syrian president is expected to announce an end to the “state of emergency” in force since 1963 as well as a series of new reforms. Pro-regime demonstrations are being organised today in many Syrian cities, but not in Deraa and Lattakia, hotbeds of unrest.
Damascus repeals emergency law, but arrests a dissident
The new Syrian government yesterday approved the end of the state of emergency in force since 1963, but there are still many doubts over their willingness to reform. A "historic" opponent arrested overnight. And a new law requires authorities permission to demonstrate.
University students protests in Damascus as military lay siege to Baniyas
Police is unleashed against student protesters, killing one and arresting scores. This is the new element in the Syrian crisis. Many die in the coastal town, and a new appeal for street protest is issued on Facebook.
Assad offers amnesty, Arab League discusses military intervention
The act of clemency would apply to crimes committed during the ten months of unrest, and to deserters. Qatar sheikh calls for Arab troops deployment to the country to the stop the killing. He had taken the initiative against Gaddafi in Libya.
Syria’s uprising: violence will not stop a people seeking freedom and dignity
The “Syrian spring” did not want regime change. However, months of violence by Assad and his government, army and secret services have discredited the regime. It is time for everyone, including the Churches, to act and speak out despite fears of Islamisation.
Great Friday of protest in Syria as opposition and regime engage in tug-of-war
The opposition to Bashar al-Assad’s regime takes to the streets in various cities to demand radical reform, the release of political prisoners and more democracy. Churches cancel Good Friday processions in public places because of demonstrations.
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