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Key events in Syria's uprising that aim to outset Bashar al-Assad regime

AFP , Thursday 21 Apr 2011
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In this image made from television, protestors are seen near a barricade in Daraa (Photo: AP)
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March 15: Dozens march in Damascus after a Facebook call for a "Day of Dignity." Activists call it the first overt protest in Syria since a state of emergency was declared in 1963.

- 23: Activists say around 100 people have been killed in the southern town of Daraa, which has become the focus of the protests.

- 26: Unrest spreads to the port city of Latakia.

- 29: The government resigns.

- 30: In his first major address since the protests began, President Bashar al-Assad portrays the revolt as a conspiracy.

- 3: Assad asks former agriculture minister Adel Safar to form a new government.

- 10: Government forces kill at least four people in the coastal town of Banias, another protest flashpoint. Nine soldiers are killed in a nearby ambush.

- 11: Students rally in Damascus in support of the slain protesters in Daraa and Banias.

- 14: Safar forms a new government, charged with leading reforms.

- 16: Thousands demonstrate in Douma and Banias.

- 17: At least 11 people are killed by security forces in Homs and the nearby town of Talbisseh. Around 10,000 demonstrate in Latakia.

- 18: Amid ongoing protests, the interior ministry vows to suppress what it called an "armed revolt".
More deaths overnight in Homs, where 20,000 people stage a sit-in protest.

- 19: The government approves a bill to rescind the emergency law -- but also a law regulating demonstrations.
The United States calls on Syria to end the violence.
The rights group Amnesty International says around 220 people have been killed by security forces or police since the start of the unrest.
Opposition figure Mahmud Issa is arrested in Homs.

- 20: Opposition figure Mahmud Issa is arrested in Homs, according to rights activists.
A daily close to the regime says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is imminently to issue a decree lifting emergency rule.
A senior security official in Banias, Amjad Abbas, is dismissed.
Britain urges its nationals to leave Syria.

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