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Graffiti showing three faces of the same dictatorship regime: Mubarak-Tantawi-Morsi


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The image shows the faces of three dictators who all maintained the same oppressive regime: Hosni Mubarak (former president of Egypt, who stepped down in February 2011), Mohamed Tantawi (head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Force (SCAF), which ruled Egypt between February 2011 and June 2012), then Mohamed Morsi (who ruled Egypt between June 2012 and July 2013).
It was an adaptation of a graffiti image painted on the walls of the American University in Cairo on Mohammed Mahmoud street during the early days of SCAF rule and which showed Mubarak and Tantawi as faces of the same regime.
The phrase written in Arabic can be translated as follows: 'The person who paid the money never died', implying that the high cost which Mubarak paid for maintaining the military regime after him led to Tantawi as head of SCAF, who was the minister of defence under Mubarak for 20 years (1991-2011). What Tantawi paid to the Muslim Brotherhood group also bore fruit when Mohammed Morsi maintained the same oppressive regime after he bacame president in June 2012. This image was painted on the walls of the Presidential Palace during the protests against then president Mohamed Morsi's constitutional declaration, on 22 November 2012, which granted him excessive executive powers.
In the wake of the 25 January 2011 Revolution, street art and graffiti flourished in Egypt. It played an important role in documenting different phases of the revolution and in commemorating the various victims of the violence perpetrated by different regimes against protesters.


Street artists under the name "Association of Revolution Artists".


    Street art of Ittihadiyya Presidential Palace Protests Nov.-Dec. 2012.


Association of Revolution Artists

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Association of Revolution Artists.



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Street artists under the name "Association of Revolution Artists"., “Graffiti showing three faces of the same dictatorship regime: Mubarak-Tantawi-Morsi,” Politics, Popular Culture and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, accessed July 24, 2024,

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