A group of Syrian artists have launched a campaign to pay tribute to the thirtieth anniversary of the massacre committed by the regime of late Syrian president Hafez al-Assad against civilians which coincided with the brutal repression of pro-democracy protests by his son, the current president Bashar al-Assad.
“We aim to commemorate the massacre committed 30 years ago by the Syrian regime and which resulted in the death, detention, and deportation of more than 40,000 Syrian civilians,” said the statement issued by The Congregation of Syrian Artists for Freedom, the organizers of the campaign.
The campaign, the statement pointed out, aims to document the atrocities committed by the Syrian regime in the western city of Hama, which continue to be committed now in several cities across Syria.
The organizing artists said they plan to make available “a space for free expression” for all participants in the campaign, which will be launched under the slogan “The massacre of Hama: a wound in the memory opening again.”
“This space will allow all artists taking part in the activity to say what they want without censorship and away from the repressive measures of the Syrian regime.”
The campaign will include an exhibition of paintings, photographs, music collections, and books as well as movie screenings all about the massacres in addition to testimonials from Syrians who witnessed the massacre.
(Translated from Arabic by Sonia Farid)