Shafiq al-Hamwi, a resident of the al-Muhajireen neighborhood, made a civil initiative to paint the stairs that link two streets in the neighborhood with rainbow colors, an act that the Damascus Governorate did not appreciate.
Officials immediately removed the bright colors and painted the stairs in black.
Shafiq Al-Hamwi said that he undertook this initiative in an effort to beautify his neighborhood and give it a touch of life to the area.
Hamwi added, “The colors of the stairs stimulated a wave of happiness among the neighbors and they were accomplished with the hue of the spectrum.”
To do so he consulted a designer and hired a painter at his own cost.
“I don’t know why some were offended and why the rainbow colors should be restricted to a single symbol – homosexuality,” he added.
For his part, Faisal Surour, a member of the Executive Bureau in Damascus Governorate, said, “We respect the work of Mr. Shafiq Al-Hamwi and his desire to decorate the city’s streets and remove any visual pollution. We only wish he had coordinated with us to choose another design.”
Surour added that residents expressed their concerns as the rainbow colors clearly indicate homosexuality.
“Any symbol that violates the law, custom, Sharia, or the constitution, we are completely against it,” he concluded.
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