In Syria government backed forces are on the move again. According to Human Rights groups troops and tanks are in the city of Hama after mass protests there and the sacking of its governor.
Communication networks in the centre of the city have been cut off. One witness on the outskirts claimed troops loyal to President al-Assad were firing randomly in the street and said there have been many arrests.
At a meeting in a hotel in Damascus regime loyalists have urged the president to make political reforms and to speak to the demonstrators. Its claimed the gathering had the backing of the government.
“We came here with a clear goal, to reinforce the will for dialogue and to support the political reforms taken by President Bashar al-Assad. We came to say to the whole world that there is a chance for dialogue in Syria. There is a chance for a third way between the government, the national front and the opposition,” explained one of the delegates, Mohamad Habash, a lawmaker.
Its reported the power at the gathering was cut off by hotel staff in a bid to bring the meeting to an end. Opposition activists have reacted saying its too late for dialogue between them and the government.