Mohammed Morsi as an octopus swimming in blood
Graffiti showing then Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi as an octopus swimming in blood, with the word 'Leave' written at the top of the image. This graffiti image was painted on the walls of the Ittihadiyya Presidential Palace during anti-Morsi protests in the aftermath of the declaration of new contitutional powers, which Morsi granted himself on 22 November 2012.
According to this declaration, Morsi gave immunity to the controversial Constituent Assembly – tasked with drafting a new constitution – from a potential court verdict that may have otherwise led to its dissolution. Another article in this declaration protected the then Shura Council – the upper consultative house of parliament – from dissolution, effectively pre-empting appeals against the council's constitutionality. These declarations, amongst others, led to widespread protests across the country, the largest of which was a sit-in outside the presidential palace which included thousands of protestors. However, pro-Morsi supporters attacked the peaceful sit-in which led to clashes between the two sides, and several people were killed and hundreds injured. Protesters held Morsi responsible for these killings, as this image illustrates.
Unknown Artist, “Mohammed Morsi as an octopus swimming in blood,” Politics, Popular Culture and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, accessed December 7, 2023, https://egyptrevolution2011.ac.uk/items/show/19.