As Syria Considers Lifting 'Emergency,' Human Rights Activist Arrested : The Two-Way While the government says it may lift restrictions on freedom that have been in place since 1963, it has also reportedly continued to crack down on the opposition.
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As Syria Considers Lifting 'Emergency,' Human Rights Activist Arrested

While The Associated Press writes that:

"The Syrian government says it will consider lifting a state of emergency in place since 1963 and is moving to allow greater political freedoms in response to days of unrest in a southern city."

Reuters reports that:

"Syrian authorities have arrested leading rights activist Mazen Darwish, an outspoken critic of Syria's record on freedom of expression, a rights group said on Thursday." [The group: the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.]

As Korva reported earlier, thousands of Syrians are said to have marched in a funeral today for nine anti-regime protesters killed this week.