SYRIAN FORCES BEAT UP CARTOONIST; Break Both Hands As A Warning

UK GUARDIAN: “Syrian forces beat up a prominent Syrian political cartoonist and left him bleeding on the side of a road, in the latest episode of a campaign to quash dissent against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Ali Ferzat, 60, is one of the Arab world’s most famous cultural figures, and his drawings have pushed at the boundaries of freedom of expression in Syria.”

“In the early hours of Thursday, masked men seized Ferzat from the street and forced him in to a van. A relative has said that Ferzat’s attackers targeted his hands, breaking them both, and told him it was “just a warning” before leaving him by the roadside with a bag over his head.

[More coverage at the UK Guardian]

The guy behind it all: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, sporting the appropriate mustache and hand gesture.

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