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Syria: Protests force the cabinet out

Issue No. 2245

Mass protests have rocked the Syrian regime. The cabinet resigned on Tuesday and the “state of emergency” legislation is to be lifted.

The concession has come in response to a wave of revolt against the ten year rule of President Bashar al-Assad.

Inspired by the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, the movement has seen tens of thousands take to the streets to demand reforms.

But al-Assad has responded with repression—tear gas, police batons and live bullets.

The number killed is unknown, but 60 are estimated to have died last week alone. Funerals of protesters killed have become mass demonstrations.

There are also fears among the opposition that the Western intervention witnessed in Libya could be repeated in Syria. The threat of imperialist interference is very real—Israel’s border lies only 50 miles from Damascus.

Suhair Atassi, a prominent political activist in Syria, was imprisoned on 13 March for protesting about political prisoners. She is on hunger strike.

Her cousin, Mouinir Atassi, who is based in Scotland, told Socialist Worker, “Suhair, like all the people in Syria, is fighting for freedom.”

Go to the Facebook page “Statement of Solidarity With Ms. Suhair Atassi”

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Tue 29 Mar 2011, 18:01 BST
Issue No. 2245
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