Opposition activist Kamal Al-Labwani has been arrested at Damascus Airport. He was returning from the US.
Labwani has been criticised by other members of the opposition for calling for regime change. Hasan Abd Al-Azim, a fellow activist and friend distanced himself from Labwani, saying he doesn’t support his extreme views.
Human Rights campaigner Ammar Qurabi, who said Syrians would support the government’s release of 190 political prisoners last week, condemned Labwani’s arrest. The opposition community will be hoping he has only been taken for questioning – how quickly he is released will say a lot about how the Syrian government really intends to treat the opposition.