He was arrested along with six of his comrades on 30 December, 2013, in a raid by Syrian security forces on their home in Damascus. It was his second arrest in as many years.
A founding member of the Revolutionary Syrian Youth, a nonviolent leftist collective based in the Syrian capital, Imad was arrested for the first time in November 2012. Almost three months in detention, thirty-seven days of solitary confinement, and non-stop torture might lead many to capitulate. Imad, then aged 24 and with little political experience prior to the Syrian uprising, held firm and did not wilt under interrogation.
Shortly after his release, he left Syria for Egypt. But he couldn’t stay away from his country and so decided to go back.
By then, Damascus had become even more strangled than before; if holding or organizing protest actions had been extremely difficult in 2011 and…
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