Masked gunmen break the hands of Syria’s top political cartoonist 

WHAT: Syria’s best-known cartoonist, Ali Ferzat, 60, was dragged from his car before dawn by four masked gunmen who beat him severely and broke both his hands as a warning to stop drawing Syrian autocrat Bashar al Assad.

WHY: Ferzat posted a cartoon on his website this week showing Assad with a packed suitcase, hitching a ride with fleeing Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. The cartoonist was a vehement critic of Assad’s bloody crackdown against his people.

As the most famous victim of the Syrian repression yet, the attack on Ferzat set off an explosion of angry postings on the nation’s social-networking websites. Posted photos showed the heavily bandaged artist in his hospital bed.

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