A Turning Point In Syria?

Apr 19 2011 @ 5:33pm

Al Jazeera reports:

Syria's government has passed a bill lifting the country's emergency law, in place for 48 years, just hours after security forces fired on protesters. Tuesday's move is a key demand of pro-reform demonstrators who have been holding protests across the country for weeks.

A senior lawyer said Bashar al-Assad, Syria's president, was yet to sign the legislation, but that his signature was a formality. According to the country's official SANA news agency the government also abolished the state security court, which handled the trials of political prisoners, and approved a new law allowing the right to peaceful protests.

But it may be too little too late:

The BBC's Owen Bennett-Jones says the legal changes will be remarkable to most Syrians after decades of one-party rule, but it is unclear how much difference they will really make. The indications are that they will not be enough to satisfy the protesters, our correspondent adds. Anti-government demonstrations are reported to have begun in the north-western city of Baniyas after the repeal of the emergency law.

Brian Reis compiled many dramatic clips from the most recent round of violence. He captions the one above:

[T]wo protesters can be seen carrying the body of a third–in a blue shirt–as gunshots ring out in the background. The title explains the victim was killed in the Homs sit-in.