Freedom clashes raise Syrian death toll to 75, report

Thousands of Syrians shouting “We want freedom!” took to streets round the country yesterday, defying security forces who tried to clear them with gunfire, tear gas, and baton charges. At least three people were killed, bringing the toll from two weeks of protests to at least 75.

Turkish PM watching Syrian unrest with concern, report

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has expressed concern over unrest in neighboring Syria, saying he plans to have further talks with President Bashar al-Assad after he dismissed protests against his 11-year rule as the result of a “foreign plot.”

Lebanon: Initial reaction to Assad’s speech

Syrian President Bashar Assad failed to deliver on the promises made on reforms by his adviser Butheina Shaaban and instead blamed the wave of protests on “conspirators” who reportedly are trying to destroy the country by sowing sectarian strife.

Assad fails to offer any concessions, blames conspirators

Syrian President Bashar Assad blamed a wave of protests on “conspirators” who are trying to destroy the country by sowing sectarian strife. Assad was giving his first address to the nation since the protests erupted in this tightly controlled Arab country.

Clashes between protesters and security forces in Damascus

The Syrian Revolution 2011, which has emerged as the organizing force behind the demonstrations demanding “freedom” in Syria, reported Tuesday late evening that Syrian security forces clashed with the anti regime protesters in Salihya neighborhood in Damascus