Protests across the Arab world: Syria

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Syrian opposition activists gathered in Damascus in March, joining a wave of uprisings against autocratic rulers in other Arab nations. Protesters called for the release of political prisoners and greater freedoms in the authoritarian state, led by President Bashar al-Assad.

President al-Assad announced reform measures, including the creation of a committee to study the possibility of lifting the country's emergency law.  He also appointed a former agriculture minister as the country's new prime minister and asked him to form a government.

Despite the government's crackdown on demonstrations, protests continue in Syria.

Timeline of Syria on Dipity.

VOA reports