Clarifying Syria's Unrest
A Syrian regime continues its relentless assault on pro-reform protesters five months in the country’s uprising. The government claims it is going after armed terrorists, but activists disagree saying it is systematic, sustained slaughter. The protesters had initially wanted basic reforms, more freedoms, a multi-party political system and an end to emergency law, but now want Syria free of the Assad regime who has been in power since 2000. Assad has made some attempts to meet protestor’s demands. He lifted the state of emergency and abolished a court set up to try people posing a threat to the regime. But the force against demonstrators has continued.