Posted by Joshua on Thursday, March 24th, 2011
Buthaina Shaaban has just announced on behalf of the Regional Command of the Baath Parth a list of reforms on al-Jazeera. Here is what I got
On the social side – Raise the salaries – today. Syria To Raise State Employees’ Wages By Up To 30% Zawya. Next week we will have another decision to raise salaries further to suit people’s standards of living
Create jobs and work opportunities – immediately
Parties – give opportunity for opposition parties to form and operate
May end the country’s emergency law
Give courts more power
Freedom of the press – immediately
She added that she was in the room when the President ordered the security agencies not to shoot anyone – not one shot.
She says there is no taboo on any subject protesters opened
Popular demands on the table fo the president
Offers condolences to people of Daraa and says that the people have legitimate demands. She added that it is not strange that Syria is being targeted. Reports of political protests have been exaggerated by some media organizations and there are signs that they have been funded by foreigners, she said.
أصدرت القيادة القطرية لحزب البعث قرارات هامة ، بين أهمها قرار بتحسين الوضع المعاشي عبر رفع الرواتب سيعلن عنه قريبا، و وضع آلية جديدة لمكافحة الفساد، كما وضع دراسة لإنهاء العمل بقانون الطوارئ بالسرعة القصوى، وإصدار قانون جديد للإعلام ومشروع قانون للأحزاب ، وصدر قرار ايضا بتعزيز سلطة القضاء ومنع الاعتقال التعسفي كما تعديل القانون 49 القاضي بالعمل بإجراءات بيع الأراضي الحدودية وهو أحد أبرز مطالب أهالي درعا في احتجاجات الأحد الماضي. كما شكلت القيادة لجنة منها للتحقيق في أحداث درعا ومحاسبة المسؤولين والمقصرين، وقالت المصادر أنه سيتم الإفراج عن مجموعة كبيرة من المعتقلين ممن ثبتت براءتهم من أعمال الشغب الأخيرة
5 readers initial reactions:
1. Buthaina Shaaban did not say anything about releasing prisoners, there was only promises to study to discuss emergency law. This come extremely short of what the people want. Her explanation why Deraa was the reason for the begining of revolution seems to be satisfactory. There was nothing about guaranteeing transparency in the investigation.
2. Encouraging but could be a maneuver, plus what about political prisoners. Time will tell. SHA’BAN’s performance was pretty good.
3. Surprising and excellent move! Who expected all of these at the same time? i think just acknowledging that there exists an issue with Emerg Law and having parties is a big step.. Implementation is key now
4. WOWOWOWOOWOWWOWOWOWO OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THE EMERGENCY LAW will be off!!!
THE POLITICAL PARTIES will start!!!
THE FREE PRESS….
and all of this will happen immediately!!! EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT
5. The new proposals seem to be very good, May GOD Save Syria .
Angry Syrians stage anti-Assad demo in Dubai
2011-03-24 14:30:38.838 GMT
March 24 (PTI) — Around 100 angry Syrians protested outside their Dubai consulate today to condemn the “massacre” of demonstrators in a city of southern Syria. Syrian President “Bashar (al-Assad) out, out, Syria free, free,” they chanted. “No more fear.”
“He who kills his own people is a traitor,” they chanted, referring to killings at the hands of security forces in the volatile city of Daraa, scene of a week of deadly anti-regime protests. More than 100 people were killed on Wednesday alone, according to rights activists and witnesses. Even Syria’s arch- foe, Israel, “didn’t do this to us,” one protester said. “No to Iran, no to Hezbollah,” they chanted, accusing the Syrian regime of using members of Lebanon’s Iran-backed Shiite
militant group Hezbollah for the killings in Daraa, a mainly Sunni tribal city near the border with Jordan. “Witnesses in Daraa have told us that Persian-speaking armed groups are attacking them,” said one protester, who identified himself only as a member of Daraa’s Al-Masalma tribe.