Security forces storm house of anti-Assad actress in Damascus

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Syrian actress Mai Skaf. File photo

ARA News

Damascus, Syria – Monday, Pro-Assad security forces stormed the house of the prominent Syrian actress Mai Skaf in Damascus, activists reported.

Skaf is known for her opposition to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. She had been arrested on several occasions since the start of the ongoing crisis, before leaving Syria nearly one year ago.

The house of the renowned actress was broken into by security members, according to eyewitnesses in the Jaramana district of Damascus.  

“An officer changed the door’s lock, and the neighbors expect that some security member and his family will move into the house,” a local source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told ARA News

In late 2011, the Syrian regime issued decisions to confiscate Syrian dissidents’ properties, under the pretext of “terrorism law” –launched after the outbreak of anti-Assad uprising. 

The Syrian actress Mai Skaf is one of the first Syrian artists who showed support to the anti-Assad uprising, and was one of the signatories of what was called “milk appeal” to lift the siege on Daraa in May 2011, where hundreds of children were suffering sharp shortage of food. 

Following Daraa’s appeal, the signatories (mostly Syrian artists) were accused of “treason” by the regime supporters. They were prevented from working with any production companies in Syria.

Skaf was arrested several times, and had been exposed to “humiliation and sexual harassment at the prison at the hands of Syrian security forces”, she stated at that time. She was forced in late 2013 to leave Syria, after a prosecution on alleged charges of “terrorism and supporting insurgents”. 

Noteworthy, the Syrian regime had put severe pressure on Syrian artists who supported the rebellion against Bashar al-Assad’s regime, in addition to which the pro-regime Artists’ Union made a “blacklist” of 30 Syrian artists, including Jamal Suleiman, Maxim Khalil, Mai Skaf and Abdul Hakim Qutaifan who were accused amongst other things of “abusing symbols of national sovereignty”.

 

Reporting by: Mohammed Darwish

Source: ARA News

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