Pictures said to be of protester's funeral in al-Akran
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Syria amnesty "hasn't changed anything"

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has issued a decree granting a general amnesty, state media say. It said the amnesty would cover all political movements, including the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

The move comes after months of protests against President Assad's rule, leading to a crackdown in which activists say more than 1,000 people have been killed and 10,000 arrested.

A British journalist in Syria to cover the recent unrest - who wants to remain anonymous - told the BBC most Syrians did not believe the amnesty would make a difference.

  • 01 Jun 2011
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