SNC Urges Syrians to Protestإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
The head of the opposition Syrian National Council on Thursday urged people to demonstrate against President Bashar Assad's regime, in a test of a ceasefire that entered in to force at dawn.
Burhan Ghalioun, who leads the exile umbrella opposition organization, also urged the international community to provide protection to Syrians who take to the streets by sending observers.
"We call on the people to demonstrate and express themselves... The right to demonstrate is a principle point of the plan" of U.N.-Arab peace envoy Kofi Annan, Ghalioun told Agence France Presse in Beirut.
The ceasefire appeared to be holding nearly more than five hours after it took effect at 6:00 am (0300 GMT) on Thursday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group.