Ultima Thule

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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Democracy tide ripples through Syria

By Aussiegirl

An article in Front Page Magazine outlines demands being made inside Syria for greater freedom within that nation in light of the recent demonstrations in Lebanon:

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Demonstrations that brought down the government of neighboring Lebanon on Monday inspired Syria's intellectuals and activists to issue new calls yesterday for greater political participation in their own country -- a nation known for its strict limits on dissent.

"What happened [in Lebanon] was a huge victory not only for the Lebanese people, but for the people of this region," said Wael Sawah, a Syrian political analyst and activist. "This is the first time a Cabinet resigns under popular pressure."
Michel Kilo, another prominent Syrian opposition figure, said that the Lebanese protests could have a ripple effect in Syria.

"The people here will want a bigger role and will start demanding their rights more," Mr. Kilo said.


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