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Syria’s emergency law to be lifted

The New York Times is reporting that President Bashir al Assad announced that Syria’s emergency law will be lifted.

Indeed, in his speech, Mr. Assad signaled that he still felt the need for order trumped all else, saying that no further protests would be necessary — and implying that none would be tolerated — once the emergency law was repealed.

“The Syrian people are civilized and orderly: they love order and they do not like chaos,” Mr. Assad said, adding that the need remained to “strengthen the internal front” against “sabotage.”

The article suggests that lifting the emergency law may not be enough.  Among those Syrians who are protesting, simply lifting the emergency law leaves a lot to be desired.

“He is repeating an old speech, this is nothing new,” said Razan Zeitouneh, an activist with the Syrian Human Rights Information Link. “He mentioned dignity several times, but he didn’t mention who it is violating the people’s dignity.”


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