As many people have posted about Ali Farzat, I wanted to further look into the impact of his political cartoons. I see that Sam has mentioned the story of Ali Farzat getting essentially jumped by “thug” security forces of the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad’s regime. In this beating, the security men focused mainly on Ali’s hands, which highlighted the fact that he was beaten for his satirical drawings against Syrian leadership.
What strikes me as extremely significant, is the fact that simply by creating cartoons, Farzat creates such a buzz and threat to the status quo that the government is trying to maintain, that Al-Assad sent men to use force physical against this man. If these cartoons did not generate thought or questions amongst the people, al-Assad would pay no mind to them.
My third and final point is to touch on the relentlesness that Farzat has. Instead of being intimidated and bullied into backing off, Farzat used this moment to create an extremely suggestive cartoon that is pretty clear and about the way he feels about the government and what they did to him. Farzat created this cartoon just days after his beating, and it is based on the way he looked in the hospital. Unfortunately for al-Assad, his bully tactic backfired on him, and actually gave the revolution more fuel for the fire as this act created anger and hysteria among those who were already not fond of their nation’s leadership, and others as well. Below is a link of the bold, and suggestive response Farzat had for his attackers.