Clinton: Assad Is 'Running Out of Time'

Says Syria needs democratic reforms, or there will be more violence
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2011 9:12 AM CDT
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivering a speech in Lithuania earlier today about democracy. Syria in particular came under fire from Clinton.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and his allies are "running out of time," and need to begin democratic reforms, said Hillary Clinton today, or else his government is “going to see increasingly organized resistance.” Clinton was speaking at a democracy conference in Lithuania when she targeted Assad, reports Politico. “Today there are new democracies fighting for life, there are vicious autocrats clinging to power,” she said. “This is an hour of need. And every democracy should stand up and be counted.” (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)

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