Assad won’t speak tonight, report

The Syrians have been waiting to watch and hear what the embattled Syrian president Bashar al Assad was going too say

Government officials announced earlier that Assad, planned to address the nation on Sunday night.

But Al Jazeera international correspondent Rula Amin tweeted this evening that Assad is not expected to speak tonight.

Assad has stayed out of sight during more than a week of unrest that has left at least 61 dead and threatens his own 11-year presidency and more than 40 years of his family’s iron-fisted rule.

Syrian Revolution 2011 urged all Syrians to participate in the millions people protest this evening at the Omayyad mosque in Damascus following the evening prayer. They stressed that they are expecting a lot more than 1 million people in this Sunday rally in support of the people of Latakia.

Reports from Syria indicated that the regime is not taking any chances and has sealed off large sections of Damascus . The regime also urged people earlier to boycott the rally.

Update; Plain-clothes Syrian police broke up a protest after Friday prayers at the main mosque in central Damascus, dragging away at least two activists, AFP reporters witnessed.

“There is no God but God,” a crowd inside the Omayyed Mosque chanted in crescendo after Friday prayers at noon.

Dozens of security agents who had gathered outside the mosque during the prayers, pulled out batons as soon as the chants broke out and detained at least two people, beating one who resisted and kicking him in the nose.

  • leb_expatriate

    Whatever he says has no credibility anyway so it’s better for him to stay silent.

    Bashar save yourself the speeches, the ridicule and the humiliation. Pack your bags and leave, you are bound to find a two bit republic like the one you’ve been running to take you in. The people have spoken and they don’t want you anymore (not that they ever wanted you anyway). By you staying in power you leave your Allawite community in grave danger once you are forcefully overthrown. I say leave peacefully and avoid any backlash against your community. You’re going and you’re going you might as well leave gracefully. You’ve been warned.

    • Rafic

      Pres. Assad should have started reforms in Syria right after when Egyptians started demonstrating, but if you are an absolute leader you think nothing will happen to you, power blinds people or maybe his advisers told him nothing will happen in Syria as in the case over a month ago when I think Financial times interview he said “revolts or demonstraions will not occure here as compared to other Arab countries, now it is too late for him, and concessions will not be good enough, beginning of his end has started, as leb-expatriate wrote he should make preparations to leave peacfully and not let Syrian people suffer the way Lebanese suffered the last 35 years, also a message to our Lebanese leaders do not hug the tree too much cause the storm has started and the roots of the tree is weak now. Also a message to pro Saudi-Arabians do not rely too much on the Kingdom cause things will start over there sooner or later. The message is, all Lebanese start getting along ,our faith and destiny is in safe and prosperous Lebanon. My Iranian friends are saying after Norooz(Iranian New Year) expect demonstrations and weakening of the regime, so our HA brothers please wise up and do not act you are invincible, please ,please, for Gods sake

  • Anonymous

    Whatever he says has no credibility anyway so it’s better for him to stay silent.

    Bashar save yourself the speeches, the ridicule and the humiliation. Pack your bags and leave, you are bound to find a two bit republic like the one you’ve been running to take you in. The people have spoken and they don’t want you anymore (not that they ever wanted you anyway). By you staying in power you leave your Allawite community in grave danger once you are forcefully overthrown. I say leave peacefully and avoid any backlash against your community. You’re going and you’re going you might as well leave gracefully. You’ve been warned.

    • Anonymous

      Pres. Assad should have started reforms in Syria right after when Egyptians started demonstrating, but if you are an absolute leader you think nothing will happen to you, power blinds people or maybe his advisers told him nothing will happen in Syria as in the case over a month ago when I think Financial times interview he said “revolts or demonstraions will not occure here as compared to other Arab countries, now it is too late for him, and concessions will not be good enough, beginning of his end has started, as leb-expatriate wrote he should make preparations to leave peacfully and not let Syrian people suffer the way Lebanese suffered the last 35 years, also a message to our Lebanese leaders do not hug the tree too much cause the storm has started and the roots of the tree is weak now. Also a message to pro Saudi-Arabians do not rely too much on the Kingdom cause things will start over there sooner or later. The message is, all Lebanese start getting along ,our faith and destiny is in safe and prosperous Lebanon. My Iranian friends are saying after Norooz(Iranian New Year) expect demonstrations and weakening of the regime, so our HA brothers please wise up and do not act you are invincible, please ,please, for Gods sake

  • Guest

    he is hiding because he is a coward.

    i hope that when he speaks he says the magic three words ‘i will leave’..wouldn’t that be gr8?

  • Anonymous

    he is hiding because he is a coward.

    i hope that when he speaks he says the magic three words ‘i will leave’..wouldn’t that be gr8?

  • Hannibal

    Assad knew and anticipated this long time ago… He has been hiding money in different places… The carriers? Yes you guessed it: Our General Aoun’s daughters.

  • Hannibal

    Assad knew and anticipated this long time ago… He has been hiding money in different places… The carriers? Yes you guessed it: Our General Aoun’s daughters.

  • Assad knew and anticipated this long time ago… He has been hiding money in different places… The carriers? Yes you guessed it: Our General Aoun’s daughters.

  • lebnaneh

    the mouse ate his tongue piece of crap his only strong in lebanon well your days are coming ya hmar lets see what you gonna do and lets hope you will take as many syrian with you before you gone bashour yel3anlak hal soura ugly twite

  • Anonymous

    the mouse ate his tongue piece of crap his only strong in lebanon well your days are coming ya hmar lets see what you gonna do and lets hope you will take as many syrian with you before you gone bashour yel3anlak hal soura ugly twite