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May 12th, 2011
07:07 PM ET

AC360 Preview: Syrian still speaks out about protests even after husband's arrest

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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  1. Norman Schain

    Anderson, please note that on tonioght's anderson Cooper 360, the protester trying to retrieve the man's body was yelling to the shooters, lo Yehud! lo Yehud! in arabic, which means "he's not Jewish, he's not Jewish!" Evidently, the dying man may have been shot on suspicion for being jewish!!. What a sad state of affairs. I heard what the man was saying, you can verify the accuracy of the translation for yourself. It was clear as day. Hateful venom. We need a regime change in Syria, in Libya and in Iran. May it be God's will.

    May 12, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
  2. ayham

    These protesters were armed and supported by anti-government. Syria is the most stable and safe country in the mid-east.
    these protesters burned a bus where tens of soldiers died. Lets be realistic and listen to both sides.

    May 12, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
  3. Jenifer

    Great segment on Syria! Please we need more images like the ones you showed tonight. We need to world to see what is really going on. Thanks for your work, please don't forget about Syria.

    May 12, 2011 at 10:51 pm |