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Egyptians resist through art

In the wake of the January 25 Revolution, young Egyptians have turned to art to express their views while freedoms are being severely restricted.
A man carrying a water container on his head walks in front of a wall filled with graffiti depicting deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi with a message reading "Leave", at Tahrir Square in Cairo July 14, 2013. Egypt's interim prime minister filled senior posts on Sunday in a cabinet that will lead the country under an army-backed "road map" to restore civilian rule following overthrow of Mursi.   REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh  (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTX11MPT
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During the January 25 Revolution, several talents in the various fields of art emerged. These art forms served as a means to stimulate demonstrators throughout the 18 days of protests in Tahrir Square, transforming the harsh cold weather of January and February into warmth, as the enthusiasm for songs, drawings and caricatures was ignited. Those who created this art called it “alternative art.”

Ramy Essam, or as he is known in Tahrir Square, “the singer of the revolution,” is one of the many talented artists who shined during the protests. He used to chant revolutionary lyrics that encouraged protesters and reinforced their determination to oust former President Hosni Mubarak.

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