Syrian Government Wants Opposition to Shut Up

January 31, 2008 § Leave a comment

(The above image of Talal abu Dan is from al-Arabiya.net)

The Syrian security apparatus has continued a campaign of arresting members of the Syrian opposition, specifically targeting members of the Damascus Declaration (‘alaan dimashq). Twelve members of the group, which formed in 2005 and demands basic human rights for Syrian citizens and a democratic government, have been arrested in one month. The Damascus Declaration recently held a conference which triggered this crackdown.

Most recently, al-Arabiya reports 55-year-old Syrian artist Talal abu Dan, who is a member of the Damascus Declaration was arrested in Aleppo, according to to the Syrian Human Rights Committee. Here is the Committee’s website in English. Talal had previously spent ten years in prison for his involvement with the Syrian Communist Party.

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