Stability in Syria has become a cause of concern for local authorities, as anti-government protests spread to the country's second largest city, Aleppo.

Meanwhile in the capital itself, several hundred students at Damascus University protested for a second day.

As secuirty forces clamped down on the protesting students, the government was quick to accuse the Muslim Brotherhood of being behind the unrest. But as protests continue to spread throughout the country, is Bashar al-Assad's tight grip on Syria beginning to slip?  

Inside Story, with presenter Ghida Fakhry, discusses with guests: Iyas Maleh from the Haitham Maleh Foundation for the Defense of Human Rights Defenders in Syria; Ousama Monajed, a Syrian political activist; and George Jabbour, a former member of the Syrian parliament. 

This episode of Inside Story aired on Thursday, April 14, 2011.

Source: Al Jazeera