NEWS
17/07/2012 10:28 BST

Syria Crisis: 'Occupied Kafranbel' Post Satirical Banners Attacking Bashar Al-Assad (PICTURES)

A poster produced by a group of activists in a northwest town in Syria has gone viral with its satirical attack on the country's leader Bashar al-Assad.

Held by a group of smiling Syrians, the banner reads "There is no egg in eggplant, no ham in hamburger but there is an ASS in Bashar al-Assad !!"

Calling itself “Occupied Kafranbel” their Tumblr and Facebook page contain funny, mordant and critical banners that comment on the escalating conflict in Syria.

Kafranbel is a city in Idleb which has become a hub for some of the most incisive posters and banners against the Syrian regime since the uprising more than 16 months ago

The latest poster to poke fun at Assad originates from Wikileaks cable which released emails from the Syrian president. Apparently Assad forwarded the following joke to his translator with the subject title: "English Is A Stupid Language!" Usually the 'poem' is prefaced with 'English is a crazy language.'

Let's face it. English is a stupid language.

There is no egg in the eggplant,

No ham in the hamburger

And neither pine nor apple in the pineapple.

English muffins were not invented in England.

As one regime defector issued a stark warning over Syria's chemical stockpile and the Red Cross declared the country as in a state of civil war, the efforts of activists and artists in Kafranbel (or Kafr Nabl) is attracting international attention for its creative attack on the regime.

Many of their bitingly caustic posters have an international message, and both UN Arab Envoy Kofi Annan and Barack Obama come under attack for what is presented as a global inertia to intervene in Syria and end the bloodshed.

Putin is also cast as in league with Assad, prolonging and promoting the violence in Syria. In one poster below he can be seen embracing the Syrian president, in the style of the famous Titanic poster.

Many of the posters are written in English or clearly illustrated, showing the creators' desire have their voices heard internationally.

Take a look at the pictures below.