Yesterday it was the last time “spray man” Nour Hatem Zahra could draw freedom on Syria`s wall.
The graffiti artist, a member of the peaceful resistance movement in Damascus, was killed. He was buried today in Kafer Sousah, in Damascus. Syrian activist Hamaecho took these pictures at his funeral.
Graffiti and wall paintings have played an important role in communicating peaceful opposition to the Syrian regime.
Back in March 2012, Adnan Zaray –a musalsalat (TV series) writer who first dealt with the “spray men” (Rajul al bakhakh) movement in well-known 2001 musalsal “Buqa`t daw” (Spotlight)— was arrested in Rukn ad-din, a suburb of Damascus.
For the first time on Syrian TV, the episode written by Zaray featured the so-called “rajul al bakhakh“, the “spray men” who use the city`s walls to spread political messages.
10 years later, TV fiction has turned into reality. The Syrian revolution-related messages spread by “spray men” like Nour Hatem Zahra on Syria`s walls were probably less acceptable than those appearing in the safe, controlled media space of TV series.
Graffiti have been largely used in Syria as a tool of civil disobedience and peaceful resistance. Last week a peaceful anti-regime graffiti campaign appeared on Syrian cities` walls and on the virtual alleys of Facebook.
Today the same Facebook page is populated with graffiti that have been drawn on Damascus` walls as a tribute to Nour Hatem Zahra .
Juan Zero, a popular Syrian cartoonist, has dedicated his last work to this courageous “spray man” who died for imagining freedom. A bullet hits him while he is painting the word “hurryia”, freedom, on his country`s walls.