Syria's Assad says minority tried to spark chaos

by Reuters
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 12:32 GMT

DAMASCUS, March 30 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Wednesday that a minority of people had tried to "spark chaos" in the southern city of Deraa, centre of recent protests, but that they would be thwarted by the majority.

He also said that clear instructions had been issued to security forces not to harm anyone during the protests, in which at least 61 people have died.

He was addressing parliament in his first public comments since protests erupted in Deraa nearly two weeks ago and spread to other cities.

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