The Arabs don't know what Democracy is, and are used to a dictatorship, and so do the Chinese. If you want to survive, learn from the Chinese. Your priority should be to improve the economy. If this happens, the Syrians will give you credit and keep you as ruler. If you just keep suppressing your people, you will eventually fall, and probably lose your life if you don't have an escape plan at the ready. Lead an economic revolution, or be a victim. It is up to you.
Netanyahu instructs to reexamine open-fire orders against stone- throwers (Haaretz)
from the article: 12 killed by security forces at funerals across Syria