Syrian ex-Premier Otri yields to pressure from the street, he and his ministers have resigned their posts. But the protesters actually addressed to President Assad.
Syria’s government has resigned after days of protests. That state television reported. President Bashar al-Assad had accepted the resignation of the Cabinet now. A new cabinet would be appointed by the end of the week and implement reforms that Assad wants to announce in a speech planned for the day people. As a possible candidate for the office of Prime Minister said that the Minister of Local Government, Tamer al-Hajji, in conversation.
The protests of the opposition, should come through in the last two weeks, more than a hundred people died, there was, however, specifically directed against the government of Prime Minister Naji Otri, but rather against Assad, he and his Baath party. Independent observers see the resignation of the cabinet, therefore, a “pawn” of political leaders with the aim of the president and the party to take the line of fire.
The opposition accuses the political elite of corruption and calls for more democratic rights. Center of the protest, the city was given in the far south, more recently expanded the movement though. In light of current events and political reforms last Assad lifting force for nearly five decades, announced the emergency law. Government officials, civil rights and diplomats have expressed doubts about this project.
On Tuesday gathered in the center of the capital Damascus, but also tens of thousands of followers Assad, who is eleven years as head of Syria. State television showed footage of demonstrations in the capital of Damascus and Aleppo and Hasaka. Protesters carried pictures of the head 45 years old, and repeated on banners that blame the management, the biggest protest against Assad were from abroad and controlled by criminals.
Authorities, universities and banks remained closed for many people as possible can participate in demonstrations. Many participants brought their children. Assad demonstrations have been invited, informed employees and union members, which are controlled by the ruling Baath Party. With the exception of state-organized demonstrations are banned all demonstrations in Syria.
The label of reformer, Assad, clung to the top of its mandate, eleven years ago, has vanished. In his inaugural address promised in July 2000 the newly elected President of the lifting of emergency rule and the opening of one-party state. In the first few months seemed to fulfill this hope of the opposition, Assad made the internet, allowing discussions and released political prisoners.
But the old guard feared for their goods and pushed back the president in a more severe. With the arrest of opponents ten in 2001 was the “Damascus Spring” is over. Intelligence apparatus were suppressed nascent opposition wider. The memory of the slaughter of Hama in 1982 were more than 25,000 people killed in the bloody suppression of an uprising by the Muslim Brotherhood did the rest to break any resistance.