It never hits closer to home than when it happens to someone you know. Syria has never been further from most of our minds for us living Taiwan except for my good pal Christopher Adams, whose fear came true when Bassel Khartabil was detained in Syria this March 2012.
Facebook event here!
More details in Mandarin here
“Bassel was important for bringing internet sharing ideas to the Arab world and was also important for getting internet people in the middle east to work together and he used the Internet and free culture to help get him out of Syria and to collaborate with the rest of the world. Think, if the Internet had existed during martial law in Taiwan, how would people have used it?”- Christopher Adams
Up until this March 2012, Chris had been trying to secure ways for Bassel to leave the conflict stricken country but Bassel refused, saying he wanted to stay in his country so he could help his country by letting international news media and his friends outside know the truth about what was going on. We will be hosting an event to take action in solidarity to understand the conflict in Syria by understanding why Bassel gave and trying to give him a voice when he has given us so much without us knowing.
19:00 – 19:15 Arrivals and introduction
19:15 – 19:30 News media footage on Syria
19:30 – 20:45 Who is Bassel?
Christopher’s trip to Syria with Bassel
How did Bassel get involved?
What happened to Bassel during the conflict?
20:45 – 21:15 TAKE ACTION – Letters of solidarity for Bassel
21:15 – 21:30 Pictures of Letters / Upload to Social Media.
Date/Time: October 23rd (Tuesday) @ 19:00
Location: Insomnia Cafe
No. 8, Lane 60, Tàishùn Street (Shida area Taipower Station MRT exit 3)
http://goo.gl/maps/6wvGOTHER WAYS TO TAKE ACTION IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND:
1) Sign the online petition: http://freebassel.org/
2) Write a letter and not only send it to the relevant representatives
3) Take a picture of your letter in solidarity and email it email@example.com and hashtag #freebassel
4) Share this event – join the event – get the word out. Keeping Bassel alive in our hearts will give him a chance in detainment!*guidelines for letters available on Amnesty link below
** Bassel has become known worldwide for his strong commitment to the open web, teaching others about technology, and contributing his experience freely to help the world. Bassel is the project leader for an open source web software called Aiki Framework. He is well known in online technical communities as a dedicated volunteer to major Internet projects like Creative Commons (www.creativecommons.org), Mozilla Firefox (www.mozilla.org), Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.org), Open Clip Art Library (www.openclipart.org), Fabricatorz (www.fabricatorz.com), and Sharism (www.sharism.org).