Syrian President preparing for protests on Feb. 5 'Day of Rage'

Posted Jan 31, 2011 by Andrew Moran
Syrian President Bashar Assad has announced that his government is preparing for an anti-Assad rally being organized through Facebook and Twitter and scheduled for Feb. 5, titled "Day of Rage."
Syrian President Basher Al-assad (right) with Brazil s Lula da Silva
Syrian President Basher Al-assad (right) with Brazil's Lula da Silva
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The protests occurring in Northern Africa and the Middle East have dominated headlines throughout the world. To support those in Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan and Yemen, peaceful demonstrations took place across the globe. Get ready for another uprising.
A faction called the Damascus Alliance for National Change is calling upon tens of thousands of Syrians to rally outside of the parliament house in the Syrian capital of Damascus, according to CNN International. The demonstration is scheduled for Saturday and is being organized through various social media networks, such as Facebook and Twitter.
Organizers of this weekend’s event have been handing out pamphlets across Syria promoting the event and have posted messages on the Internet. The purpose of the rally is to urge the government to allow freedom of speech, economic reforms and human rights.
In a rare interview with the Wall Street Journal, Syrian President Bashar Assad said that the protests occurring in the neighboring countries are a signal of a “new era,” but noted that the unrest will not spread to Syria.
“If you want to talk about Tunisia and Egypt, we are outside of this; at the end we are not Tunisians and we are not Egyptians,” said President Assad. “We cannot be objective especially that the situation is still foggy, and not clear. It has not been settled yet. So, whatever you hear or read in this period cannot be very realistic or precise or objective.”
Damascus  Capital of Syria
Damascus, Capital of Syria
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Pres. Assad further added that if regimes throughout the Middle East want to stay in power then they must understand and adhere to the social and economic needs of its people. He explained that, for example, his government is taking steps to lower food prices and will grant more power to non-government organizations.
At the present time, it is unclear how many people are planning to attend the rally, but the number of “likes,” tweets and Internet postings are increasing. One thing is for sure; protests will persist and spread. Take a look at Sudan.
Demonstrations took place in Sudan over the weekend where activists called for President Omar al-Bashir to step down. Dozens were arrested by local security forces.