Nureddine al-Atasi leading an anti-Shishakli demonstration at university in 1953.

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Image Source: Bassel al-Atasi Archive

Nureddine al-Atasi, a student at the Faculty of Medicine at Damascus University, was arrested by President Adib al-Shishakli in 1953. He went on to become president of Syria in February 1966, at the young age of 36, and stayed in power until he was arrested, yet again, by Hafez al-Assad in 1970.