Assad must go after Friday killings, activists say

April 24, 2011 14:46

BEIRUT - Pro-democracy protesters in Syria will not be satisfied by moves to reform authoritarian rule and are determined to oust President Bashar Assad after the death of 100 protesters on Friday, activists said.

The death toll showed reforms Assad announced on Thursday, including the lifting of a state of emergency and abolishing the notorious state security court, were empty gestures, they said.

"What happened on Friday is a turning point. The regime has failed the reforms test. They have failed big time and proved that reforms were only on paper but not on the street," activist Ammar Qurabi told Reuters.

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