Syria's president says country faces 'test of our unity'
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaks on Wednesday.
March 30th, 2011
07:46 AM ET

Syria's president says country faces 'test of our unity'

In a televised speech Wednesday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad blamed unrest in his country on "enemies... working daily and scientifically to undermine the stability of Syria," but said they were "stupid in choosing to target Syria."

He called the anti-government demonstrations "a test of our unity."

On Tuesday, tens of thousands of pro-government demonstrators poured onto the streets of Damascus, although state media reported a much higher national turnout.

"Millions of people around Syria rallied in the cities' main squares to express loyalty to homeland and underline its national unity," SANA reported. "Syrian people gathered on Tuesday to stress the importance of maintaining security and stability and to support the massive reform program led by President Bashar al-Assad."

Tuesday's pro-government rally followed violent clashes between protesters and security forces in the cities of Daraa and Latakia in recent days. At least 37 people have been killed since last week, according to the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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  1. HelenHull102951

    Hey Robert Icaomacci I could'nt have said it better myself!! I like the way you think, that is what I've been saying for the past 2yrs. You and I think alike and I can't wait to see the look on this governments faces when "ALL HELL BREAKS LOSE" in this country, because our troops (WILL NOT) stand by this gov by firing on its own people... "BIG SURPRISE COMING TO WASHINGTON" This is going to be so fast that Obama will crap himself in the oval office.. LOL

    March 30, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. HelenHull102951

    I'll be on the front lines of the EVICTION NOTICE SERVERS and enjoying it .

    March 30, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Herbert

    All I can say is,just hang in there Bashir. At least some of us know that you're no stooge for the West. The fewer of those stooges there are,the better!!!

    March 31, 2011 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. Enco

    Get Syrious, why go into Syria?

    March 31, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dallas

    I wonder if Saddam buddy has his spider hole picked out?

    April 26, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dallas

    Hey Ahab your ship is sinking and the whale got away.

    April 26, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
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