The brave Syrian blogger, lesbian and dissident Amina Abdallah (aka Amina Arraf) has been seized by armed men. She had become increasingly angered by the fascistic Assad regime’s crackdown on protest, writing on Sunday, “They must go, they must go soon. That is all there is to say.”
It is estimated that over 10,000 people have been detained by the Assad regime since the protests started in mid-March
A cousin of Amina has written on her blog:
“Dear friends of Amina,
“I am Amina Abdallah Araf al Omari’s cousin and have the
following information to share.
”Earlier today, at approximately 6:00 pm Damascus time, Amina
was walking in the area of the Abbasid bus station, near Fares al Khouri
Street. She had gone to meet a person
involved with the Local Coordinating Committee and was accompanied by a
”Amina told the friend that she would go ahead and they were
separated. Amina had, apparently,
identified the person she was to meet.
However, while her companion was still close by, Amina was seized by
three men in their early 20’s. According to the witness (who does not want her
identity known), the men were armed.
Amina hit one of them and told the
friend to go find her father.
“One of the men then put his hand over Amina’s mouth and they
hustled her into a red Dacia Logan with a window sticker of Basel Assad. The witness did not get the tag number. She promptly went and found Amina’s
”The men are assumed to be members of one of the security
services or the Baath Party militia.
Amina’s present location is unknown and it is unclear if she is in a jail
or being held elsewhere in Damascus.
”I have just spoken with her father who is trying to locate
her. He has asked me to share this
information with her contacts in the hope that someone may know her whereabouts
and so that she might be shortly released.
”If she is now in
custody, he is not worried about being in hiding and says he will do anything he
can to free her. If anyone knows anything
as to her whereabouts, please contact Abdallah al Omari at his home or please
email me, Rania Ismail, at onepathtogod at gmail dot com.
”We are hoping she is simply in jail and nothing worse has
happened to her. Amina had previously
sent me several texts to post should something happen to her and we will wait
until we have definite word before doing so.
“Rania O. Ismail”
H/t: The Graun
Online petition: http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/freeamina