Report: Syria's Assad to give speech on Monday

By REUTERS
June 19, 2011 21:49

AMMAN - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will make a speech on Monday about "current circumstances", the state news agency said on Sunday, his first speech since April 16 and his third since the start of an uprising.

Assad, a member of Syria's Alawite minority sect, has cracked down on four months of street demonstrations in the mostly Sunni country calling for political freedom and an end to his rule.

The 45-year old president is also under mounting Western pressure over what Washington has called "barbaric" suppression of protesters.


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