The Eraser

about Fadi Abou Hassan

Arrested and tortured for 80 days, already in 2009, from 2011-2012, Fadi Abou Hassan, aka FadiToOn, was summoned to the Military Intelligence in Damascus on several occasions where he was threatened and banned from travelling. The direct reasons for the summoning were his cartoons depicting Assad and his forces, as well as other events related to the Syrian popular protests and ensuing conflict. But that didn’t stop him from publishing in various print and online outlets, including Al-Quds Al-Arabi, Alroya — Muscat —, Al-Seyassah — Kuwait —, and — Amsterdam. He also publishes his cartoons online, on the Dutch webpage Cartoon Movement.

Many other cartoonists have been subject to “erasing” attack by the Syrian forces, including well-known cartoonist Ali Farzat whose fingers were broken during an assault. Akram Razlan, cartoonist and friend of Fabi’s, was arrested and faced trial for his criticism of the authorities. It is unknown if he is alive or not. He is charged with “disrespecting the leader, being in league with the rebels, and working against the interests of the state.” He was Drøbak City of Refuge’s guest writer from 2013 to 2015.


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