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Egyptians move to reclaim streets through graffiti

Graffiti has turned into perhaps the most fertile artistic expression of Egypt's uprising, The Associated Press reports, as street artists duel it out to shift public opinion for or against the ruling military council:

During the regime of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt had almost no graffiti on the walls of its cities. But when the uprising against Mubarak's rule erupted a year ago, there was an explosion of the art.

Taking control of the streets was critical for the thousands of Egyptians who eventually overthrew the country's authoritarian leader. The battle continues to be fought by graffiti artists who support the country's military rulers and those who want them to relinquish power. Read the full story.

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Two women walk by a mural depicting faces of Egyptians killed before and after the revolution, in Tahrir Square in Cairo on Dec. 20, 2011. The slogans read "No conciliation" and #NOSCAF, referring to the ruling Supreme Council of the Army Forces.

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A girl, left, posts an art piece made by Sad Panda, unseen, on a wall as flower vendors prepare a bouquet outside their shop in Cairo on Jan. 19.

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A man walks by a graffiti that reads "Pride and dignity, No SCAF," on a road that leads to Tahrir Square on Jan. 29.

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Soldiers beat a protester wearing a niqab during clashes near Tahrir Square on Dec. 16, 2011. Graffiti in the background depicts members of the military ruling council and reads "Killer".

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Graffiti written on the walls in Mohammed Mahmoud Street off Tahrir Square on Jan. 26.

To see more examples of Cairo street art, take a look at the suzeeinthecity blog and a map of graffiti locations.

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