But lawmakers are in no rush to tackle a controversial issue that has broad economic and social implications.
Politics, economics, demographics all come into play.
Residents suspect the involvement of widely resented security forces. But protests may not derail the relative peace of recent years.
If US president is too supportive of protests, he turns them into a 'Western plot,' say analysts.
Protesters reported beatings and shootings near the parliament Wednesday. Regime opponents vowed to persist with protests that have deepened a cultural divide between hard-liners and more moderate reformers.