Syrian authorities arrest leading rights defender

By REUTERS
March 22, 2011 18:31

 
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DAMASCUS - Syrian authorities on Tuesday arrested a leading campaigner for southern protesters demanding freedom and an end to corruption, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Loay Hussein, a political prisoner from 1984 to 1991, was taken from his home near Damascus. He had circulated a petition on the Internet for solidarity with the protesters, a statement issued by the independent rights organization said.

"His house was broken into. The door was smashed. His fate is unknown," the statement said.

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