Syria - protesters must 'request permits'
Damascus - The Syrian interior ministry said on Thursday that people wanting to stage demonstrations should request permits, in an apparent anticipation of protests after a UN-backed ceasefire entered into force.
"The right to demonstrate peacefully is guaranteed by law. We call on citizens to apply the law by requesting a permit before demonstrating," said a statement carried by the official Sana news agency.
The ministry said the measure is aimed at "securing the safety of citizens and to practice this right in a civilised manner".