Omar Aziz, a famous Syrian peace activist, 64, died in custody February 16, 2013, Has it learned a few days later through his family. He died at the h? Military hospital in Harasta, a suburb of Damascus, after a long captivity in the detention center of the intelligence services of the Air Force in Mazze, where he was held since his arrest November 20, 2012 in a cell of 16 square meters with 85 other people.

Omar Aziz suffered from hypertension and had lost, according to his family, more than 15 pounds. Shortly before his death, he was transferred to the central prison in Adra. His family was never informed of his condition or even death. These are inmates who sent him the news.

An economist by training (University of Grenoble) and poured into new technologies, Omar Aziz had left Saudi Arabia, where he lived, shortly after the start of the Syrian revolution in March 2011. It is one of the architects of the Local Coordination Committees, which have greatly contributed to maintaining the revolt, give slogans and ensured as long as possible that the struggle is peaceful and non-denominational.

“BETTER THAN THE DISTRICT OF PARIS”

He founded the first local committee in the district of Barzeh, a form of organization “bottom” which subsequently spread throughout the country. It was inspired by the ideas of Rosa Luxemburg on “self-government of the masses.” He formalized his humanist vision and almost anarchist in a long article. “We did better than the Paris Commune, which has withstood 70 days. For a year and a half and we always,” he declared shortly before his arrest.

Little known outside Syria, he won the affectionate nickname Abu Kamel. Despite the destruction and fighting, he traveled tirelessly to bring it devastated neighborhoods of humanitarian assistance to displaced families and those with a dead, injured or missing. He came from a large family of Damascus intellectual bourgeoisie. His mother, Buran Tarazi, was the first woman lawyer in Syria.

She wrote a book, Damascus in turmoil, published in 1998 in Beirut, on his years of struggle for emancipation under the French mandate? Ais then after independence. Omar Aziz was the kind of men that Syria will absolutely need to rebuild after the conflict.

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