Anas al-Shogre

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    Date: 7 May 2011
    Details: Anas al-Shogre, a 23-year-old university student, was the first person to call for antigovernment demonstrations in the Syrian city of Banias on 18 March 2011. He spoke in the mosque after prayer, saying: “Whoever would like to call for freedom, join us. Whoever does not, go home. I’m going to the street even if I have to do it on my own.” People followed him, marking the beginning of demonstrations in Banias. The Syrian authorities have stated that Anas al-Shogre is a terrorist and leader of an armed group. However, his family and local human rights activists believe he was arrested for leading peaceful protests and for reporting on human rights violations in Banias to the media, including the BBC Arabic service. According to a Syrian human rights activist, Anas al-Shogre, was arrested while in hiding during a security operation in Baniyas that started on 7 May 2011. He is suspected of being tortured and is being held incommunicado.. Take Action Now!

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    (C) Amnesty International

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