The eight political activists arrested a few days ago have all been released.
There were part of an anti-government political forum, allowed under Bashar’s 2000 reforms. But their arrest last week sparked fears that hopes for a renewed ‘Damascus Spring’ were over.
One of the released men Hassan Odat said “We were not held in solitary confinement or otherwise mistreated…It was more like a dialogue than an investigation.”
The government said they had been arrested to investigate their involvement with an outlawed group (the Al-Qaeda linked Muslim Brotherhood).
The group is expected to re-convene soon.