Syria Live Blog
Syria - Jun 7, 2011 - 02:56
Relatives of Amina Abdalla, a Syrian blogger also known as Amina Arraf, say she's been abducted by armed men in Damascus. Her current whereabouts are unknown.
The blogger's cousin has posted this update on Abdalla's blog, A Gay Girl in Damascus.
Earlier today, at approximately 6:00pm 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 friend.
"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 [prsident Bashar al-Assad's brother who died in a car accident in 1994] ....
"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."
Abdalla is an outspoken blogger who has been joining protests in recent months, writing about her experiences at rallies, about gay rights and other subjects considered taboo in Arab culture.
A Facebook page has been set up calling for her release.