Dissident Writer Michel Kilo Freed in Syria

This is wonderful news. Michel is a proud Syrian patriot and a pioneer of nonviolent approaches to change in the Middle East. He deserves all the honors that can be bestowed on him for his courageous stances and his reputation as a man of great integrity and generosity. All he did was have the foresight to describe where Syria is going anyway in the age of Obama. I understand the nervousness of the regime in the age of Cheney and Rumsfeld, but our nonviolent citizens are the greatest assets of every civilization, not a danger. This is the lesson of reform that needs to come to every society in the Middle East, including the so-called democracies.

Syrian writer and pro-democracy campaigner Michel Kilo has been released from prison after serving a three-year sentence…While he was in prison, Syria established diplomatic relations with Lebanon and exchanged ambassadors….He said he was in good health and had been treated well in prison, but needed time to recuperate, adding that he would continue his political activism.

The 69-year-old was among seven opposition figures jailed for signing the Beirut-Damascus Declaration, which called for normalising Lebanese-Syrian relations after decades of domination by Syria of its smaller neighbour Lebanon. Read more.

Michel Kilo, Syrian Patriot
Michel Kilo, Syrian Patriot
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