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Syrian president announces amnesty amid ongoing protests

The Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, has issued a general amnesty for all crimes committed by members of political groups, including the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

The move, which was reported by Syrian television, follows weeks of anti-government protests and continuing repression by the security forces that has left more than a thousand people dead.

The BBC's Ben Lowings reports.

  • 01 Jun 2011
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