State TV: Syrian president issues amnesty

Syrians walk past a T-shirt with a portrait of Syrian President Bashar Assad with an Arabic word read:"We love you," at a popular market in downtown Damascus , Syria, on Monday, May 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

May 31, 2011 11:32:07 AM PDT
Syrian President Bashar Assad issued a general amnesty Tuesday that includes all political prisoners, Syrian State TV reported Tuesday, in a gesture aimed at calming protests that have rocked the country for weeks.