As autocratic regimes crumble in the Middle East, satirically expressive graffiti comes out to play.
When the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt broke out, we highlighted a few great visual responses. Now, the time of unrest and change gripping many Arab nations continues in Libya as members of the international community, now including the United States, begin to formally recognize the rebel government.
The uprising’s loosening of Moammar Gaddafi’s authoritarian power over Libya has opened the way for challenging his (previously) tightly controlled image. Anti-Gaddafi graffiti and caricatures have sprung up around rebel strongholds, literally illustrating the region’s political unrest and the people’s resolve to see an end to the ruler’s iron-fisted regime.
The march towards democratic freedoms continues slowly and painfully, yet inexorably as Libyans take to the streets to release decades of pent-up discontent, embodying one of graffiti’s most time-honored passions: fight the machine.
In Misrata and Benghazi from www.ibtimes.com
"The walls and storefronts of central Benghazi are covered in angry, sarcastic and hopeful spray paint calling for Gaddafi's downfall." by Al Jazeera English
by BRQ Network, photo credit Reuters/Suhaib Salem