New York (CNN) - The Assad regime continues to unleash waves of bloody reprisals on pro-democracy protestors in Syria, but the scale and gravity of the violence has been difficult to gauge because the country has been closed off to Western journalists. So we’ve had to rely on grainy videos uploaded on YouTube, and testimony from Syrians themselves, who at great risk to their safety, have given chilling first-hand reports.
One such person is Razan Zaytouni, a human rights activist and lawyer inside Syria. Last month, she appeared on our show, insisting that we use her real name. Asked if she were worried about her own safety, she said: “Sure, nobody is safe these days. Many of our friends are in prison now.”
Today, those fears were realized. CNN has learned that Zaytouni’s husband, Wael Hamada, also a prominent human rights activist, was arrested by Syrian authorities. The two of them had spent the last few days in hiding. Zaytouni remains on the run, but today, it seems, Hamada’s luck ran out.
Anderson Cooper just spoke with Zaytouni again. Hear the interview tonight, and watch as this courageous Syrian bear witness to the violence around her and rippling through her country.
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