PETALING JAYA, June 2 — Syrian artists Aziz Asmar and Anis Hamdoun have joined the global cry against racism because of the death of African-American citizen George Floyd in the United States.
They have painted a mural of him on one of the remaining walls in Syria’s north-western Idlib province.
The painting of Floyd was accompanied by words “Say no to racism” and “I can’t breathe”.
Journalist Muhammad Lila shared the pictures on Twitter captioned: “This town in Syria was destroyed, as there were hardly any walls left.
“Aziz Asmar and Anis Hamdoun could have painted anything they wanted on the remaining walls, but chose to paint a mural of George Floyd instead.”
This town in Syria was destroyed.— Muhammad Lila (@MuhammadLila) June 1, 2020
There were hardly any walls left.
Two artists - Aziz Asmar and Anis Hamdoun - could have painted anything they wanted on this remaining wall.
They chose to paint a mural of George Floyd.#Humanity
(📸 AFP/@omar_hajkadour) pic.twitter.com/zGyf5Spd5A
Another social media user, @MariamKirollos said that the painting brought her to tears while others were proud that the duo brought the severity of the issue to light by the powerful piece of painting.
Her Twitter post has already been liked by over 1,500 people at the time of writing.
This put me into tears. Syrian artists Aziz Asmar and Anis Hamdoun with their mural of George Floyd in Syria's northwestern Idlib province on June 1, 2020. #blacklivesmatter— Mariam مريم (@MariamKirollos) June 1, 2020
Photos by AFP’s @omar_hajkadour pic.twitter.com/XyiJ0XBMpO
Elsewhere across the world, paintings of Floyd have also emerged as a result of the protest against racial discrimination such as the iconic painting of Floyd in Minneapolis itself where he was killed by a white policeman.
Other street paintings that have caught the attention of many include a painting of Floyd in downtown Los Angeles by artist Celos which depicts him tearing and having a red cloth tied around his mouth with words, “I can’t breathe.”
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