The Syrian Dissident/intellectual Yassin Al Hajj Saleh, who is now hiding in Syria, said that his mother's grave was desecrated. Al Hajj Saleh spent 16 years in prison; his mother passed away when he and two of his brothers, also active within the opposition, were in prison. His brother Ahmed wrote on his Facebook profile: "At night, they attacked my mother's grave, broke its sign, and desecrated it ... forgive us, mother". Yassin, on the other hand, commented on his Facebook page, "they have desecrated and destroyed my mother's grave in Ar Raqqah, North Central Syria"... "I will not forgive".
Yassin is a Marxist intellectual, prominent among the youth and secular segments of Syrian society; he has produced three books, including a critique of political Islam. He has previously spoken to the Arab Digest in support of Bahrain's revolution.
(Photo: The grave after desecration)