Sunday, March 27, 2011

Syria Protests: Political Prisoners Freed - 26th Mar 2011

Syrian authorities have freed a substantial number of political prisoners in the biggest overture yet to protesters demanding reform in the country.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 200 inmates, mostly Islamists, were freed from Damascus' Saidnaya prison.

Their release comes amid increasing violence in the country as protesters demand reforms.

Earlier today, Syrian security forces killed two protesters who tried to torch the ruling Baath Party headquarters in the port city of Latakia.

And on Friday at least 13 people were killed in protests.

President Bashar al-Assad's government had announced a string of reforms on Thursday, including the release of all activists detained this month and the possibility of ending emergency rule, in place since 1963. Read More