During these past months the president has spoken to his nation several times. His communications have been public to the rest of the world at large via Arabic translation services. In a first speech, on the 30th March 2011, he fell short on expectations of those who were waiting for real and concrete reforms. He denounced the role of the international conspirators which would have inserted themselves into the social fabric to fuel the pre-existent breeding ground of dissent. Therefore Bašār al-Asad calls on Syrian people’s self-determination, blaming media manipulation activities for unrest. Those indeed would have contributed to accentuating uprising features, defined as an epoch-making phenomenon for the country.
On the 20th June 2011, at Damascus University, the raʼīs spoke to the country for the third time since the beginning of the troubles. The president commenced addressing his greetings to soldiers and to dead martyrs families to oppose, what according to him, is a fake people’s uprising. According to Bašār it is a conspiracy orchestrated against the country because of its regional policy. His speech described the reorganization measures that the government wanted to implement as a reply to legitimate citizens requests. The president underlined the “historical” nature of the current crisis, promising great reforms in different sectors, from the economy to the freedom of media, in order to proclaim himself favourable to the drafting of a new constitution.
Al-Asad didn’t deny the legitimacy of demonstrators’ requests however he underlined the role of the national dialogue as an instrument to solve the country’s problems. Therefore the aim of his proposals was to strengthen the sense of representativeness of institutions. Moreover his reorganization manoeuvre aimed for the creation of a system which includes the participation of a greater number of parties and for a potential electoral and constitutional reform. To consolidate people’s confidence towards the Syrian system, the president pointed out the will to create new communication networks for the citizens. Moreover he considered, as a priority, the fight against corruption and the potential to be prosecuted through the creation of an ad hoc committee. In the days following the president’s speech, inflamed protestors instigated fresh demonstrations, mainly because they were disappointed by al-Asad since they had hoped for drastic reforms.