» 05/14/2011, 00.00
More deaths yesterday in Syria despite Bashar al-Assad’s promises
The Syrian president issued orders to his security forces not to shoot at demonstrators on the “Friday of the free women of Syria”. Next week, talks are planned with a presidential adviser to discuss opposition demands.
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.
Assad gives West confident response
Syria’s president claims the backing of the Syrian people and criticises Barack Obama and Europe. He announces changes: local elections in December, parliamentary elections in February 2012, a new law on freedom of expression by the end of Ramadan and changes to the constitution to allow for a multiparty system. Today UN Human Rights Commission held an emergency meeting to discuss Syria. A UN humanitarian mission also arrived in Damascus today.
15/06/2011 SYRIA – TURKEY
Giant pro-Assad rally in Damascus, bishop says 80 per cent of the people behind him
A 2.3-kilometre flag is carried through the streets of the capital. Syria’s Red Crescent society and its Turkish counterpart organise the repatriation of thousands of refugees who crossed into Turkey following the attack against Jisr al-Shughour. Syrian authorities announce a “limited” military operation against Maraat an-Numan.
The 'Friends of Syria' expected to meet tomorrow in Tunis
The Arab League, the European Union and the United States are represented at the conference. Although invited, Russia and China will be absent. Homs is shelled for the 20th consecutive day. According to opposition sources, Syrian security forces deliberately targeted the building where two journalists were killed yesterday.
Regime mobilises masses in support of pseudo-referendum on Assad
Government wants higher turnout to show president is in charge of the country. In fact he faces serious difficulties and does not want an international tribunal into the assassination of Lebanese ex-PM Hariri.
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