17 Apr '11, 1am

jl Syrian Emergency Law to Be Lifted: Too Little Too Late, Say Protesters (VIDEO)

jl Syrian Emergency Law to Be Lifted: Too Little Too Late, Say Protesters (VIDEO)

Bashar al-Assad has announced that the emergency law that has been in place in Syria for 48 years will be lifted in a few days. The law gives the Syrian government and security forces the power to detain any Syrian for any cause; repeal of the law has been a key demand of protesters who first took to the streets in the southern city of Daraa in March. However, protesters consider Assad's concessions as too little and too late: At least 200 have been killed and arrests of protesters have continued. Other demands of the protesters---an end to violence against them by security forces and the release of political prisoners---were not mentioned in Assad's speech, says the Guardian : Instead [Assad] talked about Syria's media, its municipal elections and political parties and, in reference to claims of ministerial corruption, said that ministers should provide details of their i...

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