Cairo's graffiti

The following photographs were sent to Wanted in Africa by Rome-based Irishman Brendan Breen.

Breen's photographs show the vicinity of the American University of Cairo, near central Cairo's Tahrir Square, following the most recent whitewashing of the area's walls in mid-October. 

The first image refers to an infamous incident in late December 2011 when riot police used batons to beat a woman who became known internationally as the "girl in the blue bra". 

Authorities have recently begun removing the colourful images and slogans that covered the walls surrounding Tahrir square, which acted as the main stage during the 18-day revolution in early 2011 that led to the overthrow of former president Hosni Mubarak. 

The whitewashing of the images – most of it depicting scenes of the revolution – has angered graffiti artists who have repainted the walls, this time with messages accusing the government of President Mohamed Mursi of attempting to "erase" the revolution. 

All images by Brendan Breen.

Cairo's graffiti - image 1
Cairo's graffiti - image 2
Cairo's graffiti - image 3
Cairo's graffiti - image 4