March 16 – Security forces break up a silent gathering in Marjeh square in Damascus of about 150 protesters who hold up pictures of imprisoned relatives and friends.
The next day human rights group Amnesty International condemns the violent crackdown by security forces. Witnesses told the rights group at least 30 people were arrested.
March 18 – Security forces kill three protesters in Daraa, residents of the southern town say. The demonstrators were taking part in a peaceful protest demanding political freedoms and an end to corruption in Syria. The protest was triggered by the arrest of teenagers writing anti-government graffiti on walls.
Smaller protests take place in the central city of Homs and the coastal town of Baniyas.
March 20 – Crowds set fire to the headquarters of the ruling Baath Party in Daraa, residents say. “No, no to emergency law. We are a people infatuated with freedom!” marchers chant.
March 21 – In Daraa, hundreds of black-uniformed security forces line the streets but do not confront thousands of mourners marching at the funeral of a protester killed in Daraa.
April 13 – Activists say students demonstrate in the country’s second biggest city, Aleppo.
Hundreds of women march along Syria’s main coastal highway to demand the release of men arrested in a mass raid on the town of Baida.
April 14 – Adel Safar, a former agriculture minister, is named as prime minister in the new government.
President Assad meets with a delegation from Daraa, where many protesters have been killed.
He also orders the release of hundreds of protesters detained over the past couple of weeks but says those who committed crimes “against the nation and the citizens” would remain in jail.
April 15 – Thousands demonstrate in many different cities, in the most widespread protests so far. Protesters from the Damascus suburb of Douma try to march towards the centre of the capital but are dispersed by security forces.
April 16 – After swearing in the new cabinet, President Assad gives a televised address for the second time since protests began. He says emergency laws will be abolished within a week and pledges further reforms