Syria has marked the 19th anniversary of the coup which brought the socialist Ba'ath Party to power with ceremonies in Damascus and other towns.
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2. GV Marchers clapping and carrying banners (2 shots) 0.32
3. SCU PAN Girls in uniforms chanting in procession 0.51
4. SV President Assad speaking on balcony, TV Crowd applauding (4 shots) 1.37
5. GV AND TS Assad and officials leaving building walking into crowd, crowd applauding and raising Assad on shoulders (5 shots) 2.22
6. GV Assad enters building through gates, crowd chants waves banners (2 shots) 2.45
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Background: DAMASCUS, SYRIA
Syria has marked the 19th anniversary of the coup which brought the socialist Ba'ath Party to power with ceremonies in Damascus and other towns. Public offices were closed and main streets and squares were decorated with flags, lights and huge portraits of President Hafez al-Assad. In a speech on Sunday (7 March) President Assad accused Iraq and the United States of encouraging murder and sabotage in Syria. He maintained Iraq had smuggled arms and explosives with help from the American Central Intelligence Agency to the Moslem brotherhood in the Syrian town of Hama. The Brotherhood stages a bloody revolt in the town last month in which, according to the government, Ba'ath Party members and their families were murdered in their beds. Tens of thousands of Syrians turned out to hear the President speak from the balcony of the capital's Guest Palace, and then marched with him to the People's Assembly.
Source: SYRIAN TELEVISION