Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Syrian government approves repeal

Under enormous public pressure and increasing death toll in the riots (over 200), Syrian President Bashar Assad on Tuesday decreed the state of emergency order that governed the country since 1963. A landmark decision that just does not seem to convince the opposition. Shortly after the announcement of the Government, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of the coastal city of Banias demanding freedom and democracy.

The elimination of the Supreme Court, which gave security to the system absolute freedom to do what I wanted with suspects and prisoners, and a law authorizing finally the right of citizens to demonstrate "peacefully" are two great achievements of the opposition. Unimaginable success a little over a month and obtained by means of fire, blood and tears.

"The Council of Ministers approved a draft legislative decree stipulating to the state of emergency in the country," said the official statement from Damascus. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior demanded-or, rather, "warned its citizens to no longer participate in" armed revolts that usually acacha to "armed terrorist groups." "Syria's laws apply to ensure the safety of citizens and state stability," added one of the arms of the scheme expected to end the state of emergency significantly reduce the number of protesters and even the end of the riots.

Thus, Asad paid a significant price, but would continue at the helm of a country that dominates his family dynasty and single party for decades. Hours later, it was known of the arrest of Mahmoud Issa, one of the main opposition leaders. The regime's security forces raided at midnight at his home in the city of Homs, where repression has killed at least 20 people since last Monday.

The day began with news of some thirty people dead and a hundred injured (according to various sources that can not be tested due to power failure ifnormativo) in the suppression of protests in the northern city of Homs may end up being historically with the abolition of State of Emergency.

The Syrians hope to finish this way 48 years in which a citizen could be pursued, monitored, arrested and tried in an arbitrary manner. Just because Big Brother, in this case, the Great Lion of Damascus and wanted. An era in which civil rights were a utopia and freedom of the press a great law ...

for other countries. Asad expects to stay in power weathering the storm with two umbrellas. Which is closed to stop and shoot at the protesters and opening to dismiss a state of emergency. Minutes after the announcement of the official television, two questions: Does the system really begins today a path to democracy? Will, with these decisions, slow down and even put down the revolt?.

The two responses are intrinsically linked and, like everything that happened in the old regime of Syria, will be given in a slow and enigmatic.

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