Thursday, March 31, 2011

Syrian government is facing the worst crisis in 11 years

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is facing the worst crisis in its 11 years in office, the Army deployed for the first time in nearly two weeks of protests after 12 people died in the port town of Latakia in northwestern country. Assad, 45, could address the nation soon after keeping silent since the protests began running through Syria, officials said without elaborating.

Dozens of people have died in demonstrations for democracy in the southern city of Dera and neighboring Sanamein and in Latakia, Damascus and other towns during the past week. The government blames the armed groups of triggering the bloodshed. For its part, Bouthaina Shaaban, an adviser to the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Al Jazeera that the emergency law hated by Syrian reformers for the wide powers granted to security forces, will be voided, but did not provide a calendar.

It should be noted that the legislation is in force since 1963. Some lawyers say the emergency law has been used by authorities to justify a large number of arbitrary detentions and closed trials, and to unleash the secret police and security apparatus, which have seriously compromised the rule of law.

The Interior Ministry urged citizens to ignore the text messages of pamphlets that urged them to join a demonstration at the Umayyad Square in Damascus on Sunday night for their own safety. In a message on state television, the ministry urged people not to respond to calls, calling it "biased" and "false." The soldiers took to the streets of Latakia on Saturday night to help the secret police and security forces to control the port city, residents said.

The Army was also reinforced checkpoints near Deraa, where human rights groups say 61 people have died. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said the United States deplored the bloodshed in Syria but we should expect an intervention style that is taking place in Libya. Asked on CBS to see if the U.S.

intended to launch a military operation in Syria, like Libya, Clinton replied in the negative: "No, each of these situations is unique." Damascus. Syrian Arab Republic. 22 million 517 thousand 750. Bashar al-Asad (since 17 July 2000). Republic. Four thousand 800 dollars. 400 000 400 barrels per day (Libya produces 79 000 million).

8.3 percent. Sunni 74%, other Muslim (includes Alawite, Druze) 16%, Christian (various denominations) 10 percent. Arab. Also home to Kurdish, Armenian, Aramaic, French and English. Supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a demonstration in the city of Aleppo.

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