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March 30, 2011 7:01 pm

Defiant Assad Dismisses Protests

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Telegraph – Bashar al-Assad’s defiance, broadcast in his first television appearance since anti-government unrest began a fortnight ago, stunned his critics, who had been widely led to expect that the president was going to announce major reforms, including the abolition of Syria’s much hated emergency laws.

Within hours, there were reports of gunfire in the capital, Damascus, and fresh protests in the southern city of Deraa, where scores of demonstrators were killed last week.

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