Supporters of Syrian president

Supporters of Syrian President <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT007504" title="Bashar Assad" href="/topic/politics/government/heads-of-state/bashar-assad-PEPLT007504.topic">Bashar al-Assad</a> holds a Syrian flag with an image of al-Assad in al-Umawiin square in Damascus as several large government rallies take place across the country to support him. Al-Assad issued a general amnesty on Tuesday, a day after he promised wide-ranging but vague reforms to counter a three-month popular revolt against his autocratic rule.

( Reuters photo / June 21, 2011 )

Supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad holds a Syrian flag with an image of al-Assad in al-Umawiin square in Damascus as several large government rallies take place across the country to support him. Al-Assad issued a general amnesty on Tuesday, a day after he promised wide-ranging but vague reforms to counter a three-month popular revolt against his autocratic rule.

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