#AliFerzat severely beaten by Assad’s thugs. #Syria h/t @AnonymousSyria

August 25, 2011
Ali Ferzat

Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat works in his atelier in Damascus, Syria on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011. (Muzaffar Salman – AP) When Ferzat was found by passersby on the capital’s airport road, his hands were the most badly injured, in a seeming attempt to silence his pen:

While support came in for Ferzat on Twitter, his own Facebook page, and a Facebook supporter page, the artist’s own Web site was suspended. It was unclear whether his page had been shut down or was overloaded by the number of people trying to find it.
pic.twitter.com/NhP8EQJIn 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. Cartoonist @UKGuardian h/t AnonymousSyria