Syria

Day of Martyrs protests today


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Anti-government protesters have promised a ‘Day of Martyrs’ today (Friday 25th March 2011) in memory of the many people killed recently in protests mainly in the southern city of Dar’a.

Although President Bashar al-Assad has sacked the local governor in the southern state and made a number of other pledges, the unrest appears to be spreading across the country.

Recent concessions have included the lifting of the state of emergency which has been in existence since 1963, more press freedoms, release of those who had been arrested in recent protests and a curb on corruption. Other concessions designed to calm the people are tax cuts, raising salaries for government workers and more jobs.

However, as one expert observed, the youth appear to have lost their fear and will not be satisfied with the concessions made so far.

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