Egypt’s military ruler on Tuesday decreed a partial lifting of the nation’s hated emergency laws, while saying the draconian measures would still apply to crimes committed by “thugs.” Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi said in a televised address to the nation that the emergency laws would be lifted effective Wednesday
Progressive Socialist Party sources told Central News Agency that PSP leader MP Walid Jumblatt visited Damascus on Tuesday and he will return to Beirut on Wednesday .
Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to to implement the reforms he announced recently that protect the right to peaceful protest”
President Bashar al-Assad ended Syria’s state of emergency, in effect for nearly 50 years, on Thursday in a bid to defuse pro-democracy protests against his authoritarian rule that have gripped the country for over a month.
Hizb ut-Tahrir ( Liberation party ) said in a statement on Wednesday“ Attempts to prevent the demonstration supporting the anti-Syrian regime protests are political and violate the Lebanese 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.
The United States is unsure that Syria’s draft law to lift emergency rule will be less restrictive, a State Department spokesman said on Tuesday.
By: Robert Fisk
“People are looking for security forces who will not treat the people like animals.” So said a Syrian activist, summing up the thoughts of his country
The Facebook group, The Syrian Revolution 2011, which boasts more than 120,000 followers and which has emerged as the organizing force behind the demonstrations that have been demanding “freedom” in Syria has called on the Christian community to protest on Good Friday.
Syria’s government approved lifting the country’s nearly 50-year-old state of emergency Tuesday to meet a key demand of anti-government protesters, but also issued a stern warning to demonstrators to call off their challenges to President Bashar Assad’s hard-line rule.