Syria arrests popular opposition figure, replaces emergency law

Syrian authorities arrested a popular opposition figure hours after passing a bill lifting nearly 50 years of emergency rule.

Rights activists say Mahmoud Issa was taken from his home in the central city of Homs late Tuesday by Syria’s political security services.

Earlier in the day, the government passed a bill ending emergency rule, dissolved a security court that tries political prisoners and passed legislation requiring permits for demonstrations.

Replaced one restrictive law with another

U.S. State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, says Washington is concerned Syria may have replaced one restrictive law with another. He urged Damascus to put broader democratic reform in place.

Despite the new legislation, thousands of demonstrators gathered in cities and towns across the Syria Tuesday to protest the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. At least two people were killed during clashes in Homs where protesters held a sit-in in the city’s main square.

Syrian authorities have said their country is the target of a conspiracy. They blame the violence on armed gangs and infiltrators supplied with weapons from Lebanon and Iraq.

The Assad family has ruled Syria since 1970, when the current president’s father, Hafez al-Assad, became head of state. He died in 2000, leaving Bashar al-Assad to lead the country.

The emergency law banned demonstrations, restricted the media and allowed eavesdropping.VOA

  • C S

    The Assad Family are finally tasting the blood of the thousands, upon thousands of Lebanese they killed during the civil war in Lebanon, plus what they did to Hariri, and also to the 20 thousand of their own people, Hafez el Assad killed, in Hama, in 1982, like it was nothing.

    Back in 1982, ya Bashar, there was no Internet, no YouTube, no Skype, no Facebook, no camera cell phones, however, today, dear “Western-educated” Dr. Bashar, you cannot simpy turn the lights out, like your father did, back then.

    The world sees what you are doing, and either you are deaf, dumb, and blind (with all due respect to the deaf, dumb and blind), or you are outright very, very stupid, and cannot see your days, and the days of your psychotic brother, Maher, your corrupt cousin, Rami, your butcher, Rustom Ghazali, and your leftover buddy, Farouk Sharaa, are fast coming to an end.

    Freedom, for the good people of Syria, is just around the corner. Next up, Iran, Hizbollah, and Hamas….the world is changing, ya Bashar, and you and your clowns are missing the boat…..you need to pack your bags, and get out of the country…hear that sound, tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock….? That’s the clock, and it’s getting closer to your judgement day…..ever hear the phrase, “the sins of the father, are passed on to the son”? Yep, you and Maher are the son’s of the Lion, and the Lion’s roar will soon be very quiet…..very quiet…..forever…..what goes around, comes around, ya Bashar…..The “Lion” will soon become a “Pussycat”…..yalla!!

  • C S

    The Assad Family are finally tasting the blood of the thousands, upon thousands of Lebanese they killed during the civil war in Lebanon, plus what they did to Hariri, and also to the 20 thousand of their own people, Hafez el Assad killed, in Hama, in 1982, like it was nothing.

    Back in 1982, ya Bashar, there was no Internet, no YouTube, no Skype, no Facebook, no camera cell phones, however, today, dear “Western-educated” Dr. Bashar, you cannot simpy turn the lights out, like your father did, back then.

    The world sees what you are doing, and either you are deaf, dumb, and blind (with all due respect to the deaf, dumb and blind), or you are outright very, very stupid, and cannot see your days, and the days of your psychotic brother, Maher, your corrupt cousin, Rami, your butcher, Rustom Ghazali, and your leftover buddy, Farouk Sharaa, are fast coming to an end.

    Freedom, for the good people of Syria, is just around the corner. Next up, Iran, Hizbollah, and Hamas….the world is changing, ya Bashar, and you and your clowns are missing the boat…..you need to pack your bags, and get out of the country…hear that sound, tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock….? That’s the clock, and it’s getting closer to your judgement day…..ever hear the phrase, “the sins of the father, are passed on to the son”? Yep, you and Maher are the son’s of the Lion, and the Lion’s roar will soon be very quiet…..very quiet…..forever…..what goes around, comes around, ya Bashar…..The “Lion” will soon become a “Pussycat”…..yalla!!

  • C S

    The Assad Family are finally tasting the blood of the thousands, upon thousands of Lebanese they killed during the civil war in Lebanon, plus what they did to Hariri, and also to the 20 thousand of their own people, Hafez el Assad killed, in Hama, in 1982, like it was nothing.

    Back in 1982, ya Bashar, there was no Internet, no YouTube, no Skype, no Facebook, no camera cell phones, however, today, dear “Western-educated” Dr. Bashar, you cannot simpy turn the lights out, like your father did, back then.

    The world sees what you are doing, and either you are deaf, dumb, and blind (with all due respect to the deaf, dumb and blind), or you are outright very, very stupid, and cannot see your days, and the days of your psychotic brother, Maher, your corrupt cousin, Rami, your butcher, Rustom Ghazali, and your leftover buddy, Farouk Sharaa, are fast coming to an end.

    Freedom, for the good people of Syria, is just around the corner. Next up, Iran, Hizbollah, and Hamas….the world is changing, ya Bashar, and you and your clowns are missing the boat…..you need to pack your bags, and get out of the country…hear that sound, tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock….? That’s the clock, and it’s getting closer to your judgement day…..ever hear the phrase, “the sins of the father, are passed on to the son”? Yep, you and Maher are the son’s of the Lion, and the Lion’s roar will soon be very quiet…..very quiet…..forever…..what goes around, comes around, ya Bashar…..The “Lion” will soon become a “Pussycat”…..yalla!!