‘Erase and I will draw again’: the struggle behind Cairo’s revolutionary graffiti wall

Ammar Abo Bakr came for the revolution, and stayed for the graffiti. On 25 January 2011, the fine art professor was sitting at home in Luxor when he saw YouTube videos of protests gathering in Tahrir Square. Two hours later, he was on the train to Cairo to join them. As those demonstrations wore on, he picked up a spray can.

A piece for the Guardian Cities desk about the dynamics behind the recent partial demolition of downtown Cairo’s much-loved graffiti wall on Mohamed Mahmoud Street.

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