Libyan anti-Gaddafi street art (photo via

In classic Chairman Mao fashion, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi had his face plastered everywhere in the country as pro-government propaganda. In cities overtaken by Libyan rebels, artists are turning those same images against Gaddafi in works of street art.

The Guardian has the story, describing a plethora of anti-Gaddafi street art found in Benghazi, a stronghold of the rebels:

There are posters of Gaddafi pumping petrol into a winged camel, Gaddafi with the tail of a snake and a forked tongue, Gaddafi as Dracula, Gaddafi as a clown, Gaddafi being bitten by a dog, Gaddafi getting a boot in the head. The variations are countless. Another popular theme is an often bloodstained Gaddafi terrorising or slaughtering his people or plundering the oil-rich nation’s wealth.

There’s a gallery of photos on the Guardian‘s site. There’s even a Gaddafi monkey among the powerful images, the best of which might be a Libyan flag split by a hand posed in a peace-sign gesture, or perhaps Gaddafi’s face getting split apart by a rebel.

Libyan anti-Gaddafi street art (photo via


  • Our Cairo/Damascus correspondent Danny Ramadan previously filed a story for us on Egyptian street art and graffiti during the revolutionary protests in the city. Check out the essay and photos.
  • You can search Flickr to find other Gaddafi-related street art as it seems to be a popular topic showing up on the walls around the world, including Chicago, Edinburgh and London.

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