News

Graffiti in Downtown Cairo Will NOT Be Completely Removed

Graffiti in Downtown Cairo Will NOT Be Completely Removed

ec6e67f5-bf01-4e88-8fa0-d551bc301d6a
Workers are seen demolishing a part of the wall surrounding the American University in Cairo on Thursday, September 17,2015, which was cover by Graffiti of activists during the January uprising – Ahmed Hamed/Aswat Masriya

An uproar erupted on social media after photographs appeared to show workers removing a graffiti wall in downtown Cairo.

While Aswat Masriya reported that the removal of the graffiti is part of a greater move to ‘beautify Tahrir Square’, journalists on the ground have revealed that this is not true.

“In the framework of beautifying Tahrir Sqaure, the Egyptian government asked the American University in Cairo to either develop or remove its Science building along with its walls on Mohamed Mahmoud street,” Rehab Saad, Director of Media Relations at the American University in Cairo, told Aswat Masriya in a report that seemed to substantiate claims the Egyptian government is moving to remove graffiti.

“The university decided to demolish the walls and replace them by an iron gate,” added Rehab Saad.

However, journalist Basil El-Dabh revealed that only a section of the wall at Mohamed Mahmoud has been demolished.

“They are not tearing down the entire wall,” tweeted El-Dabh.

“For those wondering, part of the Mohamed Mahmoud wall has been taken down to prepare for the demolition of the old AUC science building.”

These tweets were supported by Ester Meerman who spoke to some of the workers.

“According to the workers, they are only tearing down this part of the wall, because they are putting a door in it,” tweeted Meerman. “The hole in the wall on is not going to get bigger than this, they are apparently putting a gate in it.”

Despite reports confirming that only this part of the wall is intended to be demolished, social media users expressed their outrage at the ‘erasing’ of Egypt’s revolution.

“There is nothing left from the battle of Mohamed Mahmoud than what is currently being removed,” posted one user on Facebook.

Meanwhile, Dalia Ezzat, Editorial Director of the Tahrir Institute, tweeted that the move harms Egyptians’ collective memory of the revolution.

“Destroying monuments through which our collective memory of the revolution survived,” tweeted Ezzat.

Located on Mohamed Mahmoud street, which connects to Tahrir Square, the graffiti has represented various stages of the Egyptian uprising since 25 January 2011.

After the January 25 revolution, graffiti continued to feature prominently in downtown Cairo, mirroring the alterations in the political scene.

Egypt Bans Publication on Killing of Tourists Investigation
After 760 Days in Prison, Photojournalist Shawkan Finally Gets a Trial Date

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

ISIS Claims Responsibility For Manchester Arena Attack

Egyptian StreetsMay 23, 2017

19 Killed in ‘Explosions’ at Ariana Grande Concert in UK

Egyptian StreetsMay 23, 2017

Canadian Minister to Contribute to the Egyptian Educational System

Egyptian StreetsMay 22, 2017

Cannes Festival: Egypt Scores Majority of Awards of the ‘Arab Critics Awards’

Egyptian StreetsMay 22, 2017

Egypt’s Ali Farag Named Runner-up at the 2017 PMI Bellevue Squash Classic

Egyptian StreetsMay 22, 2017

Egypt Refers 48 Suspects to Military Court Over Coptic Church Bombings

Engy AdhamMay 22, 2017

Central Bank of Egypt Unexpectedly Hikes Interest Rates with Eye on Inflation

Seif GhallabMay 22, 2017

Egypt’s 4G Wireless Frequencies Ready for Use By Telecommunication Companies

Egyptian StreetsMay 21, 2017
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.