Ibrahim Qashqoush, one of Syria’s protest songs’ composers and singers, was found brutally killed with his neck cut and his throat carved out.
Mr. Qashqoush’s songs were sung by the thousands of protesters in the central flashpoint city of Hama, which has witnessed one of the largest demonstrations in Syria calling for the downfall of President Bashar Al Assad’s regime.
His lyrics angered the Syrian regime.
“Oh Bashar, you are not from us, take Maher and leave us, your credibility has fallen and now leave...oh Bashar, you are a liar…” read an excerpt of one song by Mr. Qashqoush.
His slain body was found on the banks of the al-Assi river in Hama.
Nearly around half a million protesters thronged Hama on Friday as the US ambassador traveled there to show American solidarity with protesters.
(Dina Al-Shibeeb, a senior editor at Al Arabiya English, can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org)