Assad joins a street rally in Damascus

Assad joins pro-Syria rally in Damascus  11 January 2012
Assad joins pro-Syria rally in Damascus 11 January 2012


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Damascus …(SaebPress) …On Wednesday, the Syrian leader Assad, his wife Asma and their two children made a surprise appearance in the central Umayyad Square in Damascus. Assad joined the huge crowds of Syrian citizens went out to the main squares and streets of Damascus in support of the vision of Syria outlined in the speech given by President Assad on Tuesday, stressing national unity and determination to move forward in the reform process taking place in Syria.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has once again vowed to crush foreign-backed conspiracies against his government, saying the crisis in the country is nearing its end.

Addressing tens of thousands of supporters in the Syrian capital, Damascus, Assad said on Wednesday that the support of Syrians for his government gives him power to fight hard against the external conspiracy trying to destabilize the country.

“I wanted to be with you so I can draw strength from you in the face of everything that Syria is subjected to. It was important that we maintain our faith in the future. I have that faith in the future and we will undoubtedly triumph over this conspiracy,” the Syrian president told his supporters.

On Tuesday ­Beirut-based political analyst Kamel Wazne said that some Arab countries have adopted the US agenda and will raise no objections if Syria slides into civil war if it keeps the country from being a major regional power. Nevertheless he believes that Assad has really solid support among Syrians, who have witnessed how the country has changed over the last decade.

“[Assad] has a solid record on politics, on education, on infrastructure, on investment, so there is really solid support for the president,” Wazne explained. “I think the Assad regime is listening to the people and the president has promised reforms. He promised constitutional reform and he put a deadline by March, and he said he is going to put a referendum to the people.”

“And that is what has really upset a lot of these Arab countries which do not have democracy themselves,” Wazne added. “They talk about democracy, they talk about the rule of law, but they have none.”