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March 30
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 22:00 The NOW Syria live blog continues coverage at 9 a.m. tomorrow. Check back here for the latest updates on this developing story.

 21:38 A key speech by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday lacked real substance and failed to mention the kind of reforms his people are demanding, the United States said.

 21:03 US says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s speech “fell short” on reforms, AFP reports.

 20:21 Security forces shot randomly in the Syrian city of Latakia at protesters who were demonstrating to condemn Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Wednesday speech. There are confirmed reports that dozens of people were either killed or injured. (S.N.N.)

 20:20 “Massacres” are taking place in the Syrian city of Latakia, dozens of people have been killed. (Youth Syria for Freedom.)

 19:37 AFP reported on Wednesday that around 150 Syrians protested in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad near the Syrian Embassy in the Hamra neighborhood of Beirut shortly after Assad delivered his speech.

 19:22 A YouTube video was purportedly filmed in the Syrian city of Latakia an hour before Syrian President Bashar al-Assad delivered his speech on Wednesday. The protestors in the video are chanting “People only want freedom. God, Syria and freedom only. No more fear after today... With soul and blood, we sacrifice ourselves for [your sake] martyrs.”

 19:20 The National News Agency reported on Wednesday that Syrians in Tyre organized a protest in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

 19:16 A source says protestors were killed during “a peaceful protest” in the Syrian city of Latakia. (F.N.N.)

 19:12 A YouTube video of a CNN report shows Syrian State television footage of a woman allegedly attacking Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s car following his speech on Wednesday.

 18:41 Future News: Reuters says hundreds of protestors call for freedom in Syrian city of Latakia.

 18:38 AFP reports that gunfire was heard the North Syria port city of Latakia shortly after President Bashar al-Assad's speech Wednesday.

 18:06 Some people were dangerously injured during protests in Latakia’s neighborhood of Saliba and there are reports that one protestor died. (S.N.N.)

 18:03 The Syrian Revolution 2011 Facebook page reported that there are confrontations in Latakia’s neighborhood of Saliba, adding that security forces opened fire on protestors and that many people were injured. (The Syrian Revolution 2011)

 17:46 Sources “confirm” that the number of “martyrs in Daraa” has reached 200 and over 400 people have been detained. (F.N.N.)

 17:42 Twitter user @wissamtarif says demonstrators in Daraa are chanting “Leave, leave!” in reaction to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s speech earlier Wednesday.

 17:32 Al-Arabiya: Eye witnesses say people were injured during a protest in the Syrian city of Latakia.

 17:15 Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan commended Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, shortly after the latter delivered a speech addressing the unrest in Syria.

 17:13 A source “confirms” hearing gunfire in Latakia’s neighborhood of Saliba. (F.N.N.)

 16:48 Speaker Nabih Berri said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Wednesday speech is the “second Corrective Movement.”

 16:40 Twitter user Mohammad_Syria tweets Assad has not even offered his condolences to Daraa's martyrs.

 16:23 Twitter user @hibz says Assad's car attacked after Assad speech. State tv in Syria blacks out and cuts live feed. (CNN)

 16:12 Mass protests in Daraa to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime following his speech. (Youth Syria for Freedom)

 15:45 The Syria News Service (SNN) Facebook page reported that “the investigative judge [in Damascus] is refusing to release the activist Suheir al-Attasi and four others … he is releasing eight detainees on bail.” (Syria News Network)

 15:25 The Syrian Revolution 2011 Facebook group called on protesters to take to the streets immediately following Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s speech in which he called protests a foreign conspiracy and said that reforms are underway without announcing specific measures. “Go down into the streets now and announce the uprising – control all the cities and declare civil disobedience from this moment onward!!” (The Syrian Revolution 2011)

 14:45 The Youth Syria For Freedom Facebook page announced that “thousands are gathering” in Daraa for the funeral of “five martyrs” in Daraa. The funeral procession will start “soon” from the Al-Omari Mosque and head to the southern graveyard, the page said. (Youth Syria for Freedom)

 14:26 President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday blamed conspirators for deadly unrest in Syria but failed to lift emergency rule or offer other concessions in his first speech since protests demanding greater freedoms erupted earlier this month.

 14:15 The Association of Syrian Workers in Baalbek held a march on Wednesday in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in which approximately 500 Syrian workers participated, the National News Agency (NNA) reported.

 13:45 Syrian workers gathered on Wednesday in a southern Lebanese town to demonstrate in support of President Bashar al-Assad.

 10:43 Twitter user @BBCLinaSinjab reports in Lattakia, an Alawite Imam lead prayer in a Sunni mosque and a Sunni Imam lead prayer in an Alawite mosque.

 10:35 A YouTube video purportedly filmed in the Syrian city of Douma shows dozens of anti-regime protesters marching on Tuesday chanting, “There is no God but God” and “The martyrs are God’s loved ones.”

 9:25 Syrian state media has confirmed that President Bashar al-Assad will deliver an important speech on Wednesday, in his first address since unprecedented dissent erupted two weeks ago.

 7:29 Twitter user @wissamtarif says it seems Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad will be speaking in front of the Ba'ath party appointed parliament today at 11am.

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