The ubiquitous visual representations of Asad’s cult of personality are becoming the targets of demonstrations in Syria. After 11 days of demonstrations in numerous Syrian cities, the statues and posters that are a familiar aspect of every Syrian’s life are now being stripped down from their prominent locations in some central squares. No footage has been reported of this happening in Syria’s two major cities Damascus and Aleppo, but Homs and Deraa are substantial cities in their own ways.

Whether it is a poster of Hafez al-Asad at the “Officer’s Club” in Homs . . .

Or a poster of Bashar al-Asad at the center of Dera . . .

Or an attempt to bring down a statue of Hafez in Dera . . .


These powerful images show how the Asad cult of personality that has become embedded in Syria’s cities and towns can be torn down in seconds.

 

(Note: I’ve re-posted this at The News in Arabic.)

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