Political Graffiti Illustrates Civil Unrest Around the World from Cairo to Yemen [PHOTOS]

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  • Political Graffiti in Afghanistan
    An artist paints graffiti on a wall at an industrial park in Kabul on Dec. 19, 2010. A group of women in burqas rises from the sea to symbolise cleanliness, while further down the factory wall a bus with no wheels and crammed with passengers is a stark comment on war-torn Kabul's appalling public transport. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
  • Political Graffiti in Russia
    A graffiti image displays Russia's Prime Minister and President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Mar. 3, 2012 prior to the 2012 Election. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski
  • Political Graffiti in Syria
    A member of the Free Syrian Army is pictured next to a graffiti which reads: "People want to hang Bashar" in Idlib province on Mar. 1, 2012. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
  • Graffiti in Iran
    A woman walks on a sidewalk in central of Tehran on Mar. 3, 2012 REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi
  • Political Graffiti in Spain
    People stand outside a branch of Spain's second biggest bank BBVA in Madrid on Feb. 29, 2012. Stickers on the door read, "For your knowledge, this bank is a cheater, scams people and throws them out of their homes" and the graffiti on the wall reads "Thieves". REUTERS/Juan Medina
  • Political Graffiti in Greece
    A woman walks in front of a closed shop, with a graffiti on it, in central Athens on Feb. 28, 2012. Ratings agency Standard & Poor's cut Greece's long-term ratings to 'selective default', the second ratings agency to proceed with a widely expected downgrade after the country announced a bond swap plan to lighten its debt burden. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
  • Political Graffiti in Egypt
    A man looks at a graffiti showing half the face of ousted President Hosni Mubarak joined to half the face of Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the head of the ruling council in Tahrir square, implying they are two sides of the same coin, in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt on Feb. 22, 2012. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih
  • Political Graffiti in the UK
    People walk past graffiti in London on Feb. 15, 2012. The number of Britons out of work inched down in December from the 17-year high hit in November as employment rose and firms offered more jobs. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
  • Political Graffiti in Greece
    A man walks in front of a closed bank branch in central Athens on Feb. 11, 2012. The Greek government told rebellious lawmakers in February to back a deeply unpopular EU/IMF rescue in parliament or send the nation down "an unknown, dangerous path" to default and international economic isolation. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
  • Political Graffiti in Libya
    A man walks past a wall with graffiti depictions of former Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, in Tripoli, Libya on Jan. 9, 2012. REUTERS/Ismail Zetouni
  • Political Graffiti in Yemen
    Activists paint graffiti on a wall ahead of an anti-government rally in Sanaa on Feb. 10, 2012. The writing reads "Yemen" and "My heartbeats remain Yemeni." Weakened by months of protests against Saleh's rule, the Yemeni government has lost control of whole chunks of the country, giving southern separatists, northern Shi'ite rebels and Islamist militants a window to further their goals. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
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Graffiti has become a popular form of self-expression around the world used to convey political unrest and uncertainty from Cairo to Yemen.

While citizens may strive to fight for their rights in democratic and undemocratic countries alike, graffiti and street art have become a means of expression for those who feel frustrated by their countries' political system.

With civil unrest in Europe as the economy struggles to recover and political instability in the Middle East, graffiti artists have taken to the streets to protest unfair regulations and oppression.

In Kabul, graffiti artists chronicle the struggles of women who are still marred by violence and injustices despite efforts since the Taliban's grasp on the nation has been toppled. In cities across Greece, street art illustrates how the nation is mired in uncertainty and an unknown financial future.

Take a look at pictures of political street art and graffiti from around the world. 

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