An openly lesbian Syrian-American blogger was abducted Monday, it is believed by Assad's Syrian Baath Party forces, after several blog posts detailing homosexual activity and involvement in the protests raging against the regime.
Amina Abdallah's blog, entitled A Gay Girl in Damascus, featured poems and videos, and detailed description of her sexual encounters and political stances and activity in the ongoing revolution.
Ben Ali is gone. Mubarak is gone. Saleh, they say, is gone as well. Assad has not much longer and I plan to see him go, she wrote.
An entry by her cousin described her abduction at around 6 p.m. by three men in their early 20s. Abdallah was with her friend, who escaped and notified Abdallah's father.
The men were dressed in plainclothes and there was a sticker on one window with a picture of Basel Assad, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's deceased elder brother.
In an April 26 post, Abdallah reported that security police visited her home, attempting to arrest her on charges of conspiring against the state, urging armed uprising, working with foreign elements. One of the officers mentioned her sexuality in an expletive and slur filled rant.
One of the officers threatened to rape her, Abdallah wrote.
That time, Abdallah's father was able to argue the police away.
Same-sex sexual activity in Syria is punishable by at least three years in prison.