Syria dissidents side with protesters

2012-01-09 20:50

London - A group of alleged dissidents from Syria's ruling Baath Party has declared a "coup" against the party leadership and said they would join the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, according to a statement leaked in London on Monday.

The group, calling itself the neo-Baath Party announced "the formation of its leadership in Syria and joining the people's 10-month uprising to confront tyranny in order to establish a democratic, plural, and civil state".

The group called for a return to the ideological goals rooted in "national unity, freedom, and democracy," and urged members of the Baath Party, which has been in power since 1963, to rise up against corrupt leadership in Syria.