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    INTRODUCTION The thirtieth anniversary of the Socialist Arab Bath party was celebrated with parades and rallies in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Thursday (7 April).

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    INTRODUCTION The thirtieth anniversary of the Socialist Arab Bath party was celebrated with parades and rallies in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Thursday (7 April).

    SYNOPSIS: A large group of young students staged a colourful procession to express their support for the Bath Party, which originally came to power in Syria in 1963. Baathism is defined as a synthesis of Marxism and Arab nationalism and it has a major influence on Syrian affairs. The party is the political organisation which assists the army in governing and the most influential figures in Syrian political life are among its members.

    Syria is ruled by a coalition of forces welded together by its President Hafez Al-Assad. The Bath party makes up about half of the coalition and its economic policies have changed little since Michael Aflak and Salah Bitar invented it 30 years ago.

    Thursday's celebrations included a reading by the Palestinian poet Yusef Al-Khateeb. The Bath party has considerable following throughout t he Middle East . It has branches in numerous Arab states, including Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.

    An anniversary rally was also held and that was attended by members of all political parties, Syrian ministers and Arab and foreign ambassadors. Among the speeches was one by Mr Fadel Al-Ansari who outlined the party's achievements in the past 30 years.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD2TCN811KC9W0WG5T4A1EP469
    Media URN:
    VLVAD2TCN811KC9W0WG5T4A1EP469
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/04/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
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    N/A

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