» 03/26/2011, 00.00
On Facebook a call to rebellion across Syria
The appeal was issued today after the violent repression of demonstrations in Deraa, claiming the lives of 25 people. In Damascus, dozens of arrests during a demonstration in support of the martyrs. Protests also in Homs, in the west.
Democracy protests in Damascus and Aleppo, the first in decades
Hundreds of people gathered through a Facebook appeal, marched against the regime. At least six arrests and clashes with pro-government demonstrators. A video of the event shows a rare example of dissent in the country.
Bahrain: three dead and dozens wounded. Police attack demonstrators without warning
Thousands of peaceful protesters were camped in Manama’s Pearl Square when police in riot gear have unleashed a violent attack. Opposition calls for constitutional reform, jobs and the resignation of prime minister, in power since 1971.
Assad speaks of reform and security. The opposition is divided
The Syrian president reaffirms the existence of a "foreign conspiracy" in the country and receives the support of Muslim religious leaders. The attempts to develop an opposition "national council" in Istanbul has collapsed over suspicions concerning the Muslim Brotherhood. Islamists, nationalists and liberals among opposition. And there are also the young unemployed, who do not identify with any of them.
Damascus Christian personality: change, but not at the price of civil war
Assad has denounced a plot against Syria and promised amendments to the Constitution. Opposition demonstrations against the president’s overtures, branded as "insufficient" even from his Turkish counterpart Gul. AsiaNews sources: the future is uncertain, the country is being subjected to "premeditated international pressure" need for more balance in West and media.
Dead and injured in Homs. Assad accuses Salafists
The funerals of 12 people killed on April 17 sparks major protest in the third largest city of Syria. The government blames "armed Salafist groups" of wanting to provoke an insurrection. The promise of Bashar al-Assad to end 50 years of emergency regime not enough to quell the protests.
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