Syria's Assad to give speech on Monday: agency

AMMAN Sun Jun 19, 2011 3:21pm EDT

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AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will make a speech on Monday about "current circumstances," the state news agency said on Sunday, his first speech since April 16 and his third since the start of an uprising.

Assad, a member of Syria's Alawite minority sect, has cracked down on four months of street demonstrations in the mostly Sunni country calling for political freedom and an end to his rule.

The 45-year old president is also under mounting Western pressure over what Washington has called "barbaric" suppression of protesters.

(Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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LynCe wrote:
The civilized world has lost patience with this clown and his denial. Sanctions aren’t enough; the ICC needs to issue a warrant on Bashar al-Assad now, for crimes against humanity. Expect more theater of the absurd in Assad’s speech tomorrow.

Jun 19, 2011 4:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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