Murals in Kabul are destroyed as the Taliban is re-painting with “victory slogan,”
The Guardian reported that the jihadist organization began to replace street art with pictures of their flag and other Islamic slogans to re-establish their vision for Afghanistan.
“Artlords,” according to the report, were a group of creative people in the city that painted the murals. The groups spent the last eight years painting their murals in the city, over walls and blast barriers up until the Taliban terrorists took the city over.
Included in the painted work Geroge Floyd from the United States, Afghan refugees drowning in Iran, and the U.S. signing the agreement with the Taliban to work towards peace.
These murals have been replaced with slogans from the Taliban, congratulating the country with “victory.” The “Artlords” co-founder, Omaid Sharifi, told the Guardian that Tetsu Nakamura’s memories would not go away despite the painting over the murals. Tetsu Nakamura was a Japanese doctor and aid worker killed in 2019.
“All of the murals are an extension of me, extension of Artlords and extension of the artists who worked on them,” Sharifi told the Guardian. “Some of these murals were the soul of Kabul. They gave beauty to the city and kindness to the people of Kabul who were suffering.”
“Whenever I see one of them destroyed, I feel like a part of me is getting destroyed and punished as well,” he said. “These murals not only belong to me or the Artlords, they belong to the people of Afghanistan because for each of them we invited 50 to 200 people to paint them.
“Our aim was to promote critical thinking and put pressure on the government to accept people’s demands,” Sharifi said. “Taliban was and is an armed movement that only understands guns, violence, beating, beheading, suicide vests and bombs. There is no vocabulary about art in the Taliban’s dictionary. They even cannot imagine art. I think they don’t understand it, that’s why they are destroying it.”
The “Artlords” pictures were posted by Sharifi to social media, showing what the murals looked like today. One of the murals was Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. special envoy shaking hands with the co-founder of the Taliban, Abdul Ghani Baradar, after signing the 2020 deal.