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Robert Fisk: Technology offers hope amid Syrian darkness

Published 29/04/2011 | 05:00

Protesters are seen holding placards during a demonstration in Douma town, Syria, earlier this month. The Syrian government is appealing to the minorities – the Christians and the Kurds – to stay loyal
Protesters are seen holding placards during a demonstration in Douma town, Syria, earlier this month. The Syrian government is appealing to the minorities – the Christians and the Kurds – to stay loyal

Protesters are seen holding placards during a demonstration in Douma town, Syria, earlier this month. The Syrian government is appealing to the minorities -- the Christians and the Kurds -- to stay loyal.

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IN DAMASCUS, the posters -- in their tens of thousands around the streets -- read: "Anxious or calm, you must obey the law." But pictures of President Bashar al-Assad and his father Hafez have been taken down, by security police no less, in case they inflame Syrians.

There are thieves with steel-tipped rubber coshes on the Damascus airport road at night, and in the terminal the cops ask arriving passengers to declare iPods and laptops. In the village of Hala outside Deraa, Muslim inhabitants told their Christian neighbours to join demonstrations -- or leave.

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