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Syrian footballer joins opposition
Abdul Basit Sarut, goalkeeper for country's under-23 football team, helps the anti-government protests in Homs.
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2012 16:08

At just 20 years old, Abdul Basit Sarut has put his promising professional career as a footballer on hold, in order to help the opposition in their demonstrations against the Syrian government in Homs.

Sarut says Syrians are sick and tired after 40 years of rule by what he calls a monstrous regime.

The government killed his brother and many of his closest friends. He says their bodies were tossed into the street and driven over by tanks.

Sarut is now constantly on the run; he only travels at night and has survived three attempts on his life.

But he says it is worth it.

Al Jazeera's Jane Ferguson reports.

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Al Jazeera
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