Syria security forces arrest leading activist in Damascus

February 16, 2012 15:45

BEIRUT - Syrian security forces arrested leading human rights activist Mazen Darwich and several other activists on Thursday after breaking into Darwich's office in central Damascus, opposition figure Louay Hussein said.

Hussein, an opponent of Syrian President Bashar Assad, told Reuters that activist Yara Badr was also detained in the raid.

Darwich, head of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression, has been active in documenting human rights violations committed by Syrian forces in the 11-month revolt against Assad.

He was detained last year after taking part in a protest to demand the release of political prisoners.

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