Bassel Side of His Arrest Story FREEBASSEL

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This is counter to recent video where Bassel's Uncle explained his point of view about how Bassel was arrested. Bassel wants this letter posted as soon as possible. This letter is released by Bassel himself from Adra Prison Jail and is his own handwriting. We need your HELP to translate this letter from Arabic into English. Please help FREEBASSEL. http://vimeo.com/74380572
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oussamaalrifai said on 2013-09-24 19:53:33

Here is a quick translation: ------ In my last meeting with Al Aous Publishers Manager, I was wondering why he is always looking down not directly to my eyes. I was trouble by his indeginty in his eys when I told him: "I could be arrested at anytime, so take the keys so you can keep the work in case I was arrested". My confusion went away when I saw the intelligence forces member waiting for at the doorsteps. I never mentioned the rold of the company where I worked for years in giving me up to the security forces with a hope that they will, one day, forgive to themsleves first what did they do. But to say that they were force this sounds to me as an exaggeration in justifying the betrayal. If not to say participating in it. Noone gets jailed for refusing giving up someboday else. Why the forces whould need such a prisonner? Especially if he was one of the biggest supporters! But I understand the fear & panik that infects semi-cultural estsablishment supporting totalitarian regimes from young people ambitions who know how to say "NO" in front of people were raised to say "yes". I also understand there fear from life low of evolving. At the end, I think Al Aous Publishers Management for contributing in giving me the honor of joining more than 200,000 my brothers & sister prisoner in my homeland Syria. Bassel Safadi 20-09-2013 _______ End of translation.

rejon said on 2013-09-25 05:56:23

This is my (Jon Phillips) language cleanup edit for public posting: This letter was received by Bassel on Sept 23, and was written in Arabic. The content is in reply to a video interview with his uncle who explained the situation of Bassel's arrest in Syria from information he heard. Bassel provides primary source of information about how he was arrested by Syrian Intelligence Forces with complicity by Al Aous Publishers, his previous employer and original Creative Commons Syria host organization From Bassel: In the last meeting I had with Al Aous Publishers, I was wondering why the Al Aous manager was always looking down and not directly into my eyes. I was troubled by the indignity in his eyes when I told him, "I could be arrested at anytime, so take the keys so you can keep working in case I am arrested." My confusion went away when I was leaving the meeting and saw the Syrian government intelligence officers waiting for me at the office public entrance. I never mentioned the role of Al Aous, the company where I worked for years, in giving me up to the security forces. I had a hope that they will, one day, forgive themselves with what they did. But to say that they were "forced," sounds to me as an exaggeration in justifying the betrayal as if they had no choice in participating. No one gets jailed for refusing to give up someone else. Why would the forces need such a prisoner as me? Especially if that person was one of the biggest Al Aous supporters! But, I understand the fear and panic that infects a semi-cultural establishment supporting totalitarian regimes with young people's ambitions. The young people who know how to say "NO" in front of people were raised to say "yes." I also understand there fear from life changing. At the end, I thank Al Aous Publishers Management for contributing in giving me the honor of joining more than 200,000 of my brothers and sister as prisoners in my homeland of Syria. Bassel Safadi 2013-09-20

rejon said on 2013-09-25 06:02:29

This is a language cleanup edit by Jon Phillips for public posting done on September 25, 2013 after I received a rough translation from Arabic to English here: http://openclipart.org/detail/183851/bassel-side-of-his-arrest-story-freebassel-by-jonphillips-183851 This letter was received by me Jon Phillips on September 23, 2013 even though it is dated September 20, 2013 by Bassel. It was written in Arabic originally. The content is in reply to a video interview http://vimeo.com/74380572 with his uncle who explained the situation of Bassel's arrest in Syria from information he heard. Bassel provides a primary source of information about how he was arrested by Syrian Intelligence Forces with complicity by Al Aous Publishers, his previous employer and original Creative Commons Syria host organization From Bassel: In the last meeting I had with Al Aous Publishers, I was wondering why the Al Aous manager was always looking down and not directly into my eyes. I was troubled by the indignity in his eyes when I told him, "I could be arrested at anytime, so take the keys so you can keep working in case I am arrested." My confusion went away when I was leaving the meeting and saw the Syrian government intelligence officers waiting for me at the office public entrance. I never mentioned the role of Al Aous, the company where I worked for years, in giving me up to the security forces. I had a hope that they will, one day, forgive themselves with what they did. But to say that they were "forced," sounds to me as an exaggeration in justifying the betrayal as if they had no choice in participating. No one gets jailed for refusing to give up someone else. Why would the forces need such a prisoner as me? Especially if that person was one of the biggest Al Aous supporters! But, I understand the fear and panic that infects a semi-cultural establishment supporting totalitarian regimes with young people's ambitions. The young people who know how to say "NO" in front of people were raised to say "yes." I also understand there fear from life changing. At the end, I thank Al Aous Publishers Management for contributing in giving me the honor of joining more than 200,000 of my brothers and sister as prisoners in my homeland of Syria. Bassel Safadi 2013-09-20 ### For more information: * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bassel_Khartabil * http://freebassel.org * info@freebassel.org