Syria - protesters must 'request permits'

2012-04-12 22:33

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".

  • Fred - 2012-04-13 04:30

    "The right to demonstrate peacefully is guaranteed by law. We call on citizens to apply the law by requesting a permit before demonstrating." Did you forget the last year during which you have been shooting peaceful demonstrators from roof-tops with sniper-fire, and detaining, torturing and raping them? Arrogance and lies beyond description.

      Luyolo - 2012-04-13 07:31

      The identity of the snipers is still not known.Webster Tarpley went to Syria and the people never said its government snipers shooting instead they were asking the government to help them with the snipers and I bet you the snipers will be back to destabilize Syria again and then West will the government has broken the ceasefire.I hope they don't listen they don't do what Anthony advises and go to negotiations. Or simply go to elections on May and vote Assad out. If Assad wins there will be complaints about rigging. If the oppositions it will be free and fair elections that's how the game is played nowadays.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-13 07:59

      Luyolo, Sorry, there is a little misunderstanding here, this assad CANNOT be voted out !!!! This dictator issues laws, amends the constitution by decree, appoints ministers..............................!! Remember , he and his family "own" the country !!!!

      Fred - 2012-04-13 08:13

      Webster Tarplay. He's a conspiracy theorist. So you're believing a conspiracy theorist who's saying that the snipers wearing Syrian military gear are not part of the brutal Assad regime, that has been in UNELECTED power for 48 years. This is even stupider than Fidel and Patrick's belief system.

      Luyolo - 2012-04-13 08:27

      So If I get a hold of a South African Army uniform and start shooting people are you going to blame SANDF ? Tarpley is a historian and an accomplished geo-political analyst. One of the people who even told us that Obama was no saint and that he would bring the peace that he promised people of the world.

      Fred - 2012-04-13 08:37

      Did that happen under the ultra-controlling Apartheid regime? No. Is it happening under the autocratic and brutal Syrian regime. Obviously not. The Syrian regime is trying to hold onto power, and using all means at its disposal. Really Luyolo, what are you thinking. Oh, you think Webster Tarplay is an accomplished historian. He's a nutty conspiracy theorist. Nutty, on the wrong fringes of academia. Get it?

      Luyolo - 2012-04-13 08:38

      If his family owns the country then why is it so difficult for millions of Syrians to remove him from power. Is the entire Army from the Asaad family ? When the entire country wants you to go you go. Egypt,Tunisia and Yemen( gave power to deputy) are examples. I'm not saying Asaad is a saint I'm saying there is a significant part of the population that wants Asaad to stay if it wasn't like that then the streets would be burning . There would be no ceasefire.I don't think Asaad is stupid enough to just go and shoot his people knowing that it will bring more international pressure on him

      Fidel - 2012-04-13 08:42

      If a conspiracy theorist, is someone that looks at the available data on an issue, then look at the official line on that issue, then decide whether there is a conspiracy by the powers that be to pull the wool over the eyes of the public. Where is my badge?

      Luyolo - 2012-04-13 09:07

      At least Tarpley went to Syria. Unlike the news agencies that bombard us with daily updates when they never even sent a reporter there sometimes they even say "We cannot confirm whether this is true or not" and they use that excuse that there's a media crakcdown so they can't get their reporters there. If you can't confirm it then why feed viewers with unconfirmed reports.

      Fred - 2012-04-13 09:07

      Luyolo, the story of the Arab Spring is the relative story of unelected despots who have hijacked state resources, which includes its military, and use those resources to hold onto power, to varying degrees. Tunisia was the most benign, Libya and Syria the most malign. Assad is trying to do what Gaddafi failed at doing. This is more than obvious. Conspiracy theorists are people being nutty on the lunatic fringes of society. These theories are supposed to be a fun pastime, not a belief system.

      Fidel - 2012-04-13 09:28

      The Syrian Spring doesn't exist anymore. The Syrian Opposition now is armed, trained and funded by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other Arab states. The Syrian conflict, therefore, is not Assad versus the Syrian opposition; it is Assad against the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other Arab states. So powerful people would never "conspire" would they...... and the media would never lie.....If someone were suspicious of the activities of organised crime would you brand them a "conspiracy theorist" and use this as justification for ignoring any and all suspicions they might express? People lie and so do governments!

      Luyolo - 2012-04-13 09:31

      and why would you do something that failed ?

      Luyolo - 2012-04-13 09:38

      These conspiracy theorists you are talking about are people who have the courage to report the other side of a story and they have the courage to warn us about coming events that the mainstream media dares not to mention.This whole thing of branding people as conspiracy theorists just because they report another angle is wrong.Just because someone is not sitting on a CNN,BBC Al Jazeera or News24 desk doesnt mean they are conspiracy theorists.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-13 11:27

      "and the media would never lie" I just want to react to this sentence . Now and than I get onto RT, it bores me, so after a few minutes I switch over to something it bit more serious. But yesterday, I decided to watch a few programs, like Cross Over, or something like that... WOW....totally unbelievable. It is hard to believe that ANYBODY can take this station serious. It is not that it a rather strange point of view, it is just plain SILLY. It belongs in the entertainment section. Coming back to you Fidel, if you can't bore us with "tons of facts" you want to bore us with stories you suck out of your thumb. but you seem to be having fun,so go for it !!

      Fidel - 2012-04-13 12:00

      And you've been unable to refute any of my so-called stories with your own facts. It's always extraordinary to see the illogical knots that get tied in your efforts to distract from that.

      Fred - 2012-04-14 17:06

      And you still think the madman Moamar Gaddafi, who stole billions of dollars from Libyans, used the Libyan military to kill, maim, detain, rape and torture tens of thousands of Libyans. was a true African hero. This is your level of awareness and human evolution.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-13 05:38

    And some expect the opposition to sit around the table with these thugs. They are arogant, liars, killers, and above all ILLIGITIMATE. They have no right to demand anything !! There is going to be no progress in Syria, until this assad family IS OUT !!

      Fidel - 2012-04-13 08:49

      The ceasefire must apply to BOTH sides. Ignoring acts of non compliance of the ceasefire by the rebels while calling for punishment of acts of non compliance of the ceasefire by the Syrian Governments will only help expose their stance of caring for the Syrian people by these Governments as the sham that many people believe it is.... Quickly Anthony, you need to phone your friends in those bastions of democracy Saudi and Qatar, and tell them to instruct their paid murderers in Syria to quickly start killing again, before the world realises who are the real aggressors! The cynic in me tells me that the West has every reason to suspect that the ceasefire won't hold; it will be doing its best (with its friends in the that bastion of democracy, Saudi Arabia) to make sure it doesn't.

      Fred - 2012-04-13 09:08

      More delusional nonsense from you Fidel. To you there were no unarmed demonstrations for close on eleven months, only an armed insurrection. Weird.

      Fidel - 2012-04-13 09:18

      Honestly, if you have a point of view, at least try to base it in reality.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-13 11:37

      The problem is Fidel, that your reality is unique to yourself !!!

      Fidel - 2012-04-13 12:03

      I have read your arguments against Syria on many articles! They are close minded and repetitive in their lack of facts! You seem happy with the deluded scenario you have created to define Syria, any new facts that crop up to disprove your perspective merely becomes an inconvinience that has to be ignored.

      Fred - 2012-04-14 17:07

      Fidel still worships Moamar Gadaffi as a true African hero. Beware. Be aware. This is how he thinks.

  • joris.diepstraten - 2012-04-13 08:18

    can they sign theat permit request in the blood dripping from their headshotwound and a little stick or a piece of bone thats shattered? all their writing and communicationmaterials might be looted or destroyed in youre last "reformation"

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