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Friday, April 22, 2011

Syria Braces For 'Great Friday' Protests - 22nd Apr 2011

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Syria's protest movement has promised a day of demonstrations on what is being called 'Great Friday'.

It comes in spite of the lifting of draconian emergency laws which should have heralded a new era in human rights.

Syrian President Bashar al Assad has issued decrees ending nearly five decades of emergency law and abolishing state security courts.

State TV said citizens would be allowed to protest peacefully – but the pledges looked hollow after new pictures emerged on the internet of a brutal crackdown in the city of Homs.

It is believed they were filmed in the early hours of Tuesday morning after demonstrators tried to stage an Egyptian-style sit-in of the main square.

The security forces fired on protesters with live rounds.

Emergency law was imposed in Syria when the ruling Baath Party seized power in 1963.

It restricts many civil liberties, including public gatherings and freedom of movement, and allows the "arrest of anyone suspected of posing a threat to security". Read More