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Revolutionary designs adorn Middle East's streets

Throughout the Arab Spring, political graffiti has reflected popular opinion from Cairo to Tripoli

Revolutionary designs adorn Middle East's streets
A Libyan supporter of the freedom movement walks in front of the free Libya graffiti on the wall near the rebel's headquarter in the eastern city of Benghazi (AFP/Getty Images)
Revolutionary designs adorn Middle East's streets
In Egypt, politically-inspired photography, graphic design and graffiti sprayed or stencilled on walls, fences, bridges and fly-overs have flourished since the 18-day uprising toppled autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak (AFP/Getty Images)
Revolutionary designs adorn Middle East's streets
Libyan boy makes a call on his mobile phone while sitting in front of anti-government graffiti at Benghazi's Revolution Square. Gaddafi pumping petrol into a winged camel, Gaddafi in a dustbin, Gaddafi as Dracula: the once flamboyant Libyan strongman is fuelling a flourishing caricature scene in the rebel capital Benghazi (AFP/Getty Images)
Revolutionary designs adorn Middle East's streets
A picture shows graffiti which reads 'Revolution' in Arabic and Latin letters on a wall in Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the popular revolt that drove veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak from power after 30 years (AFP/Getty Images)
Revolutionary designs adorn Middle East's streets
A Bahraini girl stands next to graffiti reading 'We reject humiliation' at an impoverished neighbourhood in Manama (AFP/Getty Images)
Revolutionary designs adorn Middle East's streets
Libyan rebels eat lunch in front of a wall covered in graffiti mocking Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi, in the rebel-held city of Benghazi (AFP/Getty Images)
Revolutionary designs adorn Middle East's streets
On Sunday, jubilant rebel fighters swept into the heart of Tripoli as Muammar Gaddafi's forces collapsed and crowds took to the streets to celebrate what they saw as the rapidly approaching end of his four decades of absolute power (AFP/Getty Images)
Revolutionary designs adorn Middle East's streets
Remaining defiant, Gaddafi earlier had made two audio addresses over state television calling on Libyans to fight off the rebels. 'I am afraid if we don't act, they will burn Tripoli," he said. "There will be no more water, food, electricity or freedom.' (AFP/Getty Images)
Revolutionary designs adorn Middle East's streets
An Omani protester walks past graffiti calling for reform during a demonstration in Sohar, more than 200 kms (125 miles) northwest of Muscat, in February this year (AFP/Getty Images)
Revolutionary designs adorn Middle East's streets
Anti-government protesters spray graffiti that reads in Arabic, 'leave Ali' referring to long term President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in the Yemeni capital Sanaa (AFP/Getty Images)
Revolutionary designs adorn Middle East's streets
An Egyptian woman stands in front of graffiti reading 'Revolution' at Cairo's Tahrir Square (AFP/Getty Images)
Revolutionary designs adorn Middle East's streets
A Libyan man walks past graffiti in the eastern city of Ajdabiya (AFP/Getty Images)
Revolutionary designs adorn Middle East's streets
A Libyan man walks past graffiti reading 'February 17' with Libya's former national flag, now used by the rebellion, in reference to the day the uprising broke out against Muammar Gaddafi (AFP/Getty Images)
Revolutionary designs adorn Middle East's streets
A rebel sprays graffiti depicting Col Muammar Gaddafi on a wall in Gadayem, west of the capital Tripoli (AFP/Getty Images)
Revolutionary designs adorn Middle East's streets
An Egyptian man sits watching as others take part in a sit-in at Tahrir Square demanding further reforms in Cairo, months after the country's revolution which brought down the government (AFP/Getty Images)
Revolutionary designs adorn Middle East's streets
Across Cairo, faces of protesters killed during the uprising are immortalised on concrete, fists are shown breaking free from ropes and ancient mummies scream 'I am free!' (AFP/Getty Images)
Revolutionary designs adorn Middle East's streets
Much of the street art reflects pride in the movement that united Egyptians across class and religion to put an end to decades of calcified politics and a gaping rich-poor divide (AFP/Getty Images)
Revolutionary designs adorn Middle East's streets
Egyptians walk past revolutionary graffiti in Cairo, Egypt (Getty Images)