Syrian Authorities Arrest MP on Hunger Strike
A pro-reform independent member of Syria's Parliament was arrested on Thursday, two days after he went on a hunger strike to protest what he said were pressures on him, a family member said.
Mammun Al Homsi, who represents a constituency in Damascus, announced a one-week hunger strike on Tuesday. He had recently called for Parliament to form a human rights commission.
"Police forces stormed the office where my father was sleeping, told him they had a warrant for his arrest and then took him to an unknown destination," Homsi's son, Omar, told AFP.
Homsi had said that he would continue the hunger strike for a week.
He had told the BBC that he was protesting against the authorities' refusal to respond to his demands for political reform.
He earlier distributed a document calling for an end to martial law in Syria, tighter controls of the security services, measures against corruption and the creation of a parliamentary commission for human rights – Albawaba.com
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