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Syria's Assad Announces General Amnesty; Opposition Says Not Enough


A motorcyclist passes in front of a picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus in late May.

A motorcyclist passes in front of a picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus in late May.

Syria's official SANA news agency reports that President Bashar al-Assad has decreed a general amnesty for Muslim Brotherhood members and political prisoners after more than two months of deadly antiregime protests.

SANA reported that Assad "has by decree issued an amnesty on all crimes committed before May 31, 2011."

The Muslim Brotherhood has been banned in Syria. The group staged an unsuccessful uprising against Assad's father in 1982.

But Syrian opposition activists gathered at a three-day meeting in Antalya, Turkey, said the amnesty was not enough and that Assad's regime must be brought down.

Rights groups say more than 1,000 people have been killed and 10,000 arrested since the revolt against Assad's regime began in mid-March. Syrian authorities say 143 soldiers, security forces and police have been killed.

compiled from agency reports
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