6 May 2011 — RT
As violent clashes between the protesters and the security forces resume in Syria, political analyst Professor Mark Almond says democratic changes in the country could be for worse and not for better.
Syrian tanks have reportedly stormed the coastal city of Banias on Saturday, and protesters tried to keep them out by forming human chains amid deadly confrontations with security forces.
It follows a day of nationwide protests across the country that left at least 30 people dead and hundreds arrested.
The US is warning the regime that it will take new steps against it, in response to the Friday’s bloody crackdown by security forces.
But international relations expert and visiting professor at Bilkent University in Turkey, Mark Almond, believes the Americans or the Europeans have little leverage to influence Syria.