The Middle East Revolution seems to be spreading, this time to Syria, where security forces dispersed about 150 people who had gathered in front of the Interior Ministry in central Damascus on Wednesday to demand the release of political prisoners.
The Syrian people called for freedom, political reforms and an end to corruption, according to opposition websites.
“God, Syria, freedom,” and “Syrians, where are you?” chanted men and women in a protest that filled Hariqa souk in the heart of the Old City, according to videos posted online.
Protesters raised pictures of their imprisoned relatives and friends, before security forces started hitting them.
Syria – like Egypt – is ruled through emergency law and suffers from high poverty and unemployment.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad succeeded his father 11 years ago as the head of the ruling Baath party, which has been in power since 1963, banning opposition and imposing emergency law which is still in force.
“We will take steps towards introducing political reforms this year, a programme of reforms that will begin with (amendments to) laws on municipal and legislative elections”
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said yesterday that political reforms would be implemented this year.
The genie is well and truly out of the bottle.