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How do walls tell the history of the Egyptian revolution ?


  Communities living under dictatorial regimes tend to be in a state of idleness or intellectual isolation that makes them scarce in cultural and artistic fields. This can be explained in the pre-revolutionary years of Mubarak's rule, which witnessed a lack of youthful expression of their ideas (except for a few attempts before the Egyptian revolution), before those pent-up energies began to explode after the revolution. One of the most striking phenomena is the people's attempt to record all the distinctive events by all means possible; perhaps one of the simplest and most important ways you can know history is to follow the walls with their writings and drawings.

The first attempts of drawing and writing were very simple. The first days of the revolution were witnessed by Egyptians in Tahrir Square. The Egyptians began to write with chalk on the ground. People used to identify some places by drawing lines or squares in places where they sat on the ground to sing or discuss in the political possibilities that may be seen in the coming days; those lines were mostly white or yellow. In the same period, the popular explosion that wanted Mubarak's departure could be seen in the word "go away", which simultaneously swept all the walls in the Egyptian governorates by spraying sprays, before the word "the army and the people" took the lead and that phrase was written on several military vehicles and tanks.





The period in which the Military Council was dominated is one of the most prosperous periods in the history of the Egyptian revolution in terms of graffiti. Graffiti is the most prominent icon of the revolution. Strong colors and loud graphics were the main feature at that stage, which artists expressed in expressing their ideas through which the most famous of these images was the image of the face half occupied by Mubarak and the other half Tantawi's face with the words (He didn't die) and (revolution continues). Before the walls of Mohammed Mahmoud Street are filled with images of the martyrs who fell in all events, whether on the first or second anniversary and the most famous of them is JICA.




In the year that the Muslim Brotherhood took power, Mohammed Morsi took over the presidency. The walls did not stop recording their opposition to the government, and for the first time witnessed the transfer of writings from attacking the ruling person only to attacking the entire political stream to which the president belongs.




Over the past five years, Egyptian walls have also witnessed many different public phenomena. Sometimes walls attack media broadcasters, judges, and even club administrations. At other times the walls were very humorous. One of the most striking words I saw was the phrase written on the walls of Champillion Street in Tahrir for a young man who loved a girl during the Muslim Brotherhood. He chose the simplest way to express it by writing it ( Ahmed loves Mona and hates Muslim Brotherhood )!










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