Cairo’s Art of Resistance: The Street Art of the January 25th Egyptian Protests

“I want to see another President before I die”. The free-hand graffiti on the wall of a well-revered bar in downtown Cairo reads quite frankly.

From day one of the Egyptian Revolution, the protesters’ message was loud and clear. On January 25th 2011, thousands of Egyptians from Cairo to Alexandria took bravery by the neck with a call for democracy, demanding that Hosni Mubarak’s regime be brought down. Saying no to fear and yes to freedom, these thousands ignited a fire of resistance that roared across the nation.

Despite the police brutality and violence of the regime’s playing strategy, millions of peaceful protestors continued to gather, voicing their grievances against the regime and claiming the vision for a better Egypt. The symbol head of tyranny could stand no more, leading to Mubarak’s resignation on February 11th.

Throughout the eighteen days and nights, Cairo was illuminated with an extraordinary sense of community and invigorated feelings of pride for the country. Expression rang out in Tahrir Square, where banners adorned high rise balconies, rock installations spelled out slogans on the pavement, and even a painting center was organized for individuals to extract their imaginations onto canvas. Given the vibrant culture that this ancient city is widely known for, the Revolution’s creativity should come as no surprise.
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