BBC remembers the first ‘Damascus Spring’

February 28, 2012

Produced by BBC World Service

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Hope for reform was strong when Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, pictured here with his wife, Asma, came to power 12 years ago.

As Syria's government continues its military crackdown against all opposition, the BBC program Witness goes back 12 years to when the country's dissidents came out of hiding to enjoy what is sometimes referred to as the "Damascus Spring."  Reporter Chloe Hadjimatheou spoke with someone who lived through that brief burst of freedom.