Anti-government protests continue in Syria

March 22, 2011

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Syrian Presdient Bashar al-Assad faces mounting pressure from anti-government protesters.

When small protests began in Damascus, Syria in February, many observers believed Syria was unlikely to see the kind of revolutions that Egypt or Tunisia experienced. But now the movement appears to have picked up steam. Demonstrators demand greater freedom, an end to corruption, free elections and the repeal of emergency law, in place since 1963. Last week, security forces opened fire on a peaceful rally in the city of Deraa. At least five were killed. That spurred further protests in the region. We’ll get an update from Yaser Tabarra, a Syrian American lawyer and activist. Yaser had a recent opinion piece published on the Al Jazeera English website