Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Anti-regime demonstrations in several cities after Assad's speech

The speech by Bashar Assad in Damascus University failed to quell the spirits of the demonstrators, rather the opposite. The Syrians are outraged again take to the streets Monday in some neighborhoods in cities like Damascus and Homs, Hama, Aleppo and Idlib. Protests were also held in various suburbs of the capital and the coastal city of Latakia.

The Syrian opposition activists and refugees in Turkey also expressed their disappointment at the speech and said they were "disappointed" because they expected "ads clearer" and "concrete measures". Assad announced Monday that next month's parliamentary elections will be held in August and pledged to amend the Constitution.

In response to Assad's request to return to his country, a refugee from Jisr al Shoughur said: "Back? He wants to come back to kill us."

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