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Syrian Leader Blames ‘Foreign Interference’

Al Jazeera English
10th January 2012

The Syrian president has made a defiant speech blaming foreign interference for the anti-government uprising in his country which began last March.

In a televised speech on Tuesday, he accused the Arab League of hypocrisy for lecturing Syria on democracy and reform. However, he said his country would not "close the doors" to an Arab-brokered solution to the crisis as long as it respected Syria's sovereignty.

Assad claimed he never ordered anyone to open fire on anti-government protesters. However, opposition activists said at least 28 people were killed across the country on Tuesday alone as part of the government's security crackdown.

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