Opposition figure Mahmoud Issa was arrested early Wednesday in a move that may suggest the Tuesday passage of President Bashar al-Assad's draft law ending 48 years of emergency rule will not halt political repression, rights groups say.
REUTERS - The Syrian authorities' arrest of a leftist opposition figure overnight suggests that a bill passed by the government to end emergency rule after 48 years will not halt repression, rights campaigners said on Wednesday.
The draft law was passed on Tuesday as a concession by President Bashar al-Assad in the face of increasingly determined mass protests against his authoritarian rule. More than 200 people have been killed, rights groups say.
Assad's speech lifting the state of emergency
Portrait of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad
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