Updated – Ali Ferzat Responds to His Beating in Syria
Political cartoonist Ali Ferzat responded to the beating he received from Syrian pro-government forces. This tweet went up not long ago.
It linked to this cartoon drawn by Ali Ferzat. I think it says it all.
Update – Over on his website Ali Ferzat the confusion has been cleared and the drawing was not done by Ferzat, but by a supporter. The translation from the website, according to Google translate, is:
Dear friends, this is not a caricature of Mr. Ali Farzat fee and has no relation with it. Therefore necessary to note, thank you.
A friend of Mr. Ali Farzat
Also, the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists has condemmed the attack and are urging world governments to do the same. Their statement:
As cartoonists, we are outraged at the pointed brutality of the attack on Mr. Ferzat. Breaking the hands of a cartoonist is more than an attack on one brave individual, it’s an attack on the right of a people to express themselves. It’s an act of a desperate regime foolishly thinking that its violence and efforts to intimidate will keep a cartoonist from criticizing the regime’s repressive behavior.
Instead, it only sets hundreds of hands to drawing the clear conclusion that those behind the brutal repression have lost all legitimacy.