Assad's speech to the Syrian nation sparks fresh protests
30 March 2011 Last updated at 23:41 BST
In Syria people have taken to the streets again tonight, bitterly disappointed by the president's refusal to end decades of emergency rule.
The televised speech by President Bashar al-Assad had been keenly anticipated, however he failed to announce any political reforms instead accusing Syria's enemies of organising a 'conspiracy' against national unity.
Jeremy Bowen reports.