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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.