Syrian Government Promises: Free Press, End of Emergency Rule, Opposition Parties, Justice

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.

From AlWatan

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!!!
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.

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151. Revlon said:

#148 SNP,
Your response to Mr Ziadsoury was “Thank you, WE just wanted to make sure that we are really dealing with Syrian, that is all. Whatever your opinion is, if it is for the benefit of Syria we support you, regardless of who you are”

“WE”, Means you are speaking on behalf of a group. Your iterrogative questions and friendly tone when getting positive response betray your true profession, a half-buttoned shirt (HS, the German counterpart used to be called SS!) (Mukhabarat).

Your like chairmanship and to be creative ! lol! I bet you have both. You are sitting on a chair and thinking of new ways to torture your victims in the prison basement.

Your naiivity is your stongest asset, not your brut. Your name is now on record.

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March 25th, 2011, 1:44 am


152. Aldendeshe said:

You need to ignore SOURI, he is not Syrian. He is a paid agent on seditious mission. He is basically trying to get the Syrian army, or he thinks all are Alawites, to launch a bloody sectarian attack on Wahhabi’s, which he thinks that after the attack, they will not be called Wahhabi’s, but Sunnis or Sunni Syrians. What is happening in the past couple of days, after it became obvious of the failure of treasenous, sedition in Daraa, Israel panicked and felt it took a huge strategic blow by the improved Syrian situation under the reforms. It now realized that this failure is leading to stronger Syria and stronger ties with Iran.

So now they are desperately trying to get the army to attack for one purpose, get the video and run to U.N. to get Syria under similar regime to Libya or Egypt, step down Bashar, hand to military bla, blab la, you know the rest. The Syrians are too smart to fall for this and it seam there is a conflict happening in the U.S. administration, or maybe a rogue elements within the apparatus is carrying out this plot for the benefit of Israel, drug smuggling, running Iraqi oil to Mediterranean, dismantling Syria and its weapon, removing support for Hezbollah, and cutting Iran off. Hence we get the shouts about no Hizb, no Iran etc, etc. If you to count all the winners and losers in this Bay of Daraa fiasco, Israel is the #1 looser. Just count how much it lost by the new strength Syria gained by the reform announced today.

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March 25th, 2011, 1:51 am


153. Aldendeshe said:

And of course you should ignore NON SYRIAN REVLON, his dimm brain and agenda is obvious. I think the plot is clear, exposed and defeated. So frustrated Israeli with this failure, that it is Foreign Minister lashed out at Washington today, demanding immediate bombing of Syria and Iran, saying that Libya is no threat to Israel.

So here it is 2 clowns already out. XXXX SOURI , REVLON and will see if more are real Syrian oppositions or just a bunch of paid agents that Landis know about (was informed) perhaps!!

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March 25th, 2011, 2:01 am


154. annie said:

I agree with Aldendeshe; Souri is no Syrian. He is feeding us the Zionist line.

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March 25th, 2011, 2:42 am


155. Abdo said:

The Baath regime is buying time , he knows that no matter what it cannot quiet the revolution. In the next few weeks many key figures that lead the protests will disappear or commit suicide, and few greedy business men ( FOBs friends of Bashar) will be happy to be tried and jailed as long as the regime is happy. The Baath regime is the most brutal regime in the middle east, and Bashar himself knows that if he even shows a sign of weakness he will be overthrown, just as he almost was back when he took over and wanted to introduce changes to the country ( the spring of damascus)

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March 25th, 2011, 2:51 am


156. NK said:

Syrian director Tamer Awam :

By the way, CNN’s Anderson Cooper challenged the Syrian government to give international journalists visas so they can travel to Syria and cover the events taking place in Daraa/Syria … quoting him on twitter
” @andersoncooper Anderson Cooper
#syria says trust only syrian govt news. No visas for int’l reporters. Makes it seem like they’re hiding something, doesn’t it. #ac360 10p”

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March 25th, 2011, 3:01 am


157. Syrian Nationalist Party said:

Video- Another call to sacrifice more souls to please the Lord of Dawn of New Day. His love and insatiable thirst to blood is legendary. This director message is lost on those logical strategists. No one denies the truth of what he said and the conviction of which he delivered the message, but his call for demonstrations tomorrow, knowingly what will happen is somehow evil and selfish, after all, he sits in safety; in Germany, demanding hoards of sheep’s to be brave to go to be slaughtered for his coward’s ass.

IT DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY IN SYRIA. And you will not get support of the majority of Syrians because, now listen carefully why, it will ends up placing Syria on U.N. no fly zone and possible ground troupes invasion of Syria. No matter how bad it is now, it is much worse, and much more humiliating to be under foreign mercenaries guns, shot at for fun, than the security team of Bashar Assad.

Why all these, so called Syrian oppositions, which day by day becoming more of seditious and treasonous people out to fulfill foreign interests agenda against Syria, don’t they see that they are being used. For 50 years no one cared about them, only now, suddenly they are of interests to everyone. Why this director did not send this video a decade ago, even a year ago, to all member of U.S. Congress for one example, to Criminal Bakisungyoungmoon at the U.N. to Saudis MOSLEMS rulers asking for help, why all the sudden, this consorted effort, in flash, is being orchestrated.

You want to get change in Syria, you need to get the majority on your side, and you need to stop listening to dimwitted foreign enemies who sees Syria as a Sunni Majority and Alawi Minority. Syria is majority that wants change, been wanting change since March 8, 1963, but many of you bastards, were in the streets barking Ahdafuna, no more Iktayee, no more Intihazieh, no more this and no more that. It was not Alawites that marched with these slogans on that day, it was you low life Sunni Moslem of lower classes. And because of your action on that day, because of all your support to the Baath Party, many Syrians paid a heavy price, some the depression was so intolerable, they committed suicides.

So here it is idiots, we all now need a change, are you happy, but it has to be on our terms and our direction, one that will insure that Syria remain strong, intact and Sovereign. The majority of Syrians are not going to have you screw us up for another 50 years.

President Bashar Assad Government had agreed to the changes needed, you have no cause today, when non delivery day comes in, you can voice your loud mouth again, and please do, we need you, but we (the majority Syrians-made up of all sects) must remain in control.

That is the deal, take it or leave it. You have the right to demand, but not the right to commit sedition and treason against us.

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March 25th, 2011, 3:50 am


158. SecularLB said:

Nour #142

You are Mme. Shaaban or Mme. Assad 😉

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March 25th, 2011, 5:34 am


159. FHMETKom said:

just yesterday any syrian who’d call for these reforms would be dragged to jail and would have a complete trial with a at least 3 years in prison … now Lady Bouthina says these are legitimate demands for Syrians

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March 25th, 2011, 6:04 am


160. Akbar Palace said:


How does it feel to be a Zionist? Yes, an Arab who doesn’t “toe the line” is now smeared with the worst epithet know to (Arab) Man.

Democracy has a looooong way to go in the “tolerant” ME…

Ziad stated,

I believe that Palestinians have the right to fight their oppressors, occupiers, jailers and thieves by the only weapons they got.


It doesn’t matter what “weapons they got”, be it knives or F-16s. It is how the weapons are used.

That is why organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah have made no progress for their people.

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March 25th, 2011, 7:19 am


161. Ziadsoury said:


I think my memory is fading a little. I just remembered that I am from Bab al-Nasr in Aleppo. I went to Nablus High. My favorite team is Al 7ouriah and I hated Al Thawrah.

Also my favorite restaurant is Al Rowdah and I used to pray at the Al-Nuri Mosque.

I told you I can play this game.


They can search all they want. As they say “garbage in, garbage out”.

Now let’s get back to the real issues.

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March 25th, 2011, 7:37 am


162. Norman said:

And political contributions are buying influence , YES they are all bribes, you can call what you want, and can you explain to me why KSA has the right to interfere in Syria with it’s money, That is exactly why there is fear in Syria of outside money buying influence and affecting the national stand of Syria.

Ziad souri,
What is your contribution to the improvement of Syria,i am sure that you are able, you went to school there and probably university and paid nothing in the process, how much did you pay back, I did not pay anything therefore i do not have the right to sit back and complain, You and i and everybody else should put up or shut up.

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March 25th, 2011, 7:53 am


163. Solitarius said:

Feeling proud as a Homsi today (I always do.. today a bit more)

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March 25th, 2011, 7:53 am


164. Revlon said:

Hey Solitarious, do not just keep it to yourself! What is happening down Homs alleys? Please elaborate!

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March 25th, 2011, 8:01 am


165. CC said:

Can anyone enlighten me as to why Deraa is referred to as a “tribal city” in several news reports?

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March 25th, 2011, 8:48 am


166. majedkhaldoon said:

More demonstrations in Marjeh in Damascus, thousands were there,the regime arrested few,also demonstrations in Omayya Mosque.
In Homs hundreds demonstrated in support of Deraa,where several thousands shared in the funeral of victims died by the security forces.

We need measures to assure us that what the regime promised will be implemented,promises are no more than fish in water.

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March 25th, 2011, 8:51 am


167. Amir in Tel Aviv said:

I want to confirm to you guys, that Souri is a Zionist agent.
How do I know? Because I met him during our last meeting of the Elders of Zion, where we plotted to do harm to Syria and to the Arabs.
All of what you see on your TV screens and YouTube was planned and rehearsed in that secrete meeting of the Elders of Zion..

Any way, Now it’s in Homs and in Dimashk. Sooner than I expected.
Even AlJezeera is unable to ignore it any longer, and they report about Syria with great amount of reluctance.

Shabat Shalom.

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March 25th, 2011, 8:51 am


168. Rami Yazje said:

Buthaina Shaaban appeared last night on BBC World Service. what annoys me most about her appearance is the attitude! the last thing you want to do on live news is park like mad and shout that ‘we love our people’….do you love me buthaina? do you? do you?

and Buthaina: in a democracy you DO report to the media!

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March 25th, 2011, 9:09 am


169. Solitarius said:


I don’t know the details. I’m watching the same youtube videos. Frankly I don’t dare call home and won’t expect honest answers over the phone anyways.

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March 25th, 2011, 9:15 am


170. Akbar Palace said:

The Cat is Out of the Bag NewZ

Amir in Tel Aviv,

These meetings with the Elders of Zion were supposed to be kept secret so we could finish the baking of the “bloody” (yet tasty) Pesach Matzos.

Please submit your resignation letter to the Neocons in congress, and leave your badge at the CIA front desk.

Thank you.

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March 25th, 2011, 9:25 am


171. Ziadsoury said:


It seems to me that you equate complaining about what is going on in by the regime Syria to complaining about Syria. These are 2 different things.

The first one is for improving Syria and the second for denigrating Syria.

The regime does not represent the Syrian people. No one was voted in.
The constitution put in place by the Baath party is a racist one. It prevents 60% of the population from becoming president.
Syria is not in the resistance camp. It is begging to be in the peace camp. And as you have been saying the Golan is not coming back unless we make the Israelis feel pain from holding on to it.

So I am paying back by asking for a change. A complete change and a promise to look into change. I said before and still say Bashar could be the president but he has to be elected by the people. Then he gets his power from the people which is the ultimate one.

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March 25th, 2011, 11:12 am


172. Saint Sief Homs said:

Our Bashar is such a beautiful dictator. He kills the people of Dar’aa with pink bullets. All these people who say bad things about our Bashar. They don’t know how good he treats his workers. We now have another $32.50 to spend at the Baath party store. I think I’ll buy some flags…maybe make a charitable donation to Hizballah…my Shi’a brothers in the Lebanese territories.

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March 25th, 2011, 10:02 pm


173. What Revolution? (Part 1) said:

[…] by unknown gunmen in the ensuing weeks as the regime sought to de-escalate the situation with reforms and […]

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