Protest erupts in Syria after emergency law bill

AMMAN Tue Apr 19, 2011 11:16am EDT

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AMMAN (Reuters) - A pro-democracy demonstration erupted in the restive Syrian city of Banias on Tuesday, rights campaigners said, just after the government passed bills to lift an emergency law while requiring permission for protests.

"Not Salafist, not Muslim Brotherhood. We are freedom seekers," hundreds of people chanted.

The chants were a reference to accusations by the authorities that armed Islamist groups were operating out of Banias and "spreading terror" in Syria, which has seen unprecedented protests against the authoritarian rule of President Bashar al-Assad.

(Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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SyriaForAll wrote:
Freedom will prevail for all in Syria!!

Apr 19, 2011 11:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
SyriaForAll wrote:
Now what is feared is the next law that Assad will put to replace the Emergency law. May God give strength to those brave enough to ask for their basic right for freedom.

Apr 19, 2011 11:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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