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FREE EGYPT Poster

On January 25th, 2011, the people of Egypt took to the streets to protest against a government that they felt was false. They demanded that their "president", elected in fraudulent elections for 30 years, leave office immediately so that they could have truly free elections and a government that they felt really reflected their concepts and values.

While many of us can't fight in the streets with them, I wanted to do something to show my solidarity with them and give myself and everyone else a chance to show their support as well.

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CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSE:

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE USE THIS IMAGE!! Use it for protests, for flyers, your Facebook profile, etc... Just please make sure you credit me.

Non-commercial use is allowed, Attribution for use Required for anything! In other words, do whatever you want, just don't try to make a dollar off this.

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The fist in this photo is actually my own. I considered using a stock image, but wanted to use my own fist instead since... well, it actually was easier. As always , my love of propaganda art was with me and this actually went through about 10+ rough sketches on paper before I settled on one idea. In the creation process, this went through a ton of revisions and part of the sketch was abandoned to make the poster my coherent.

Unlike my other propaganda-style posters, I decided not to use a border this time. These protests are boundless, rising towards a new day, and made of raw strength against all odds. I wanted to make sure my poster showed that.

Also, you can buy some merch as well. I'm going to donate half the profits to any charity I can that will be able to help people in Egypt. I'm open to suggestions!

You can get flyer's here to edit and hand out: Free Egypt! Flyer

Also, the shirt can be bought here: Free Egypt! T-shirt

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EDIT:

THANK YOU!!! I am incredibly glad to see this piece has touched so many people! Thanks for all the kind words and praise!

Also, I got a sweet feature on DeviantArt on their "Faux Propaganda" entry. Ironically enough? This was made during the protests and used BY the protestors in some places: [link]
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kinky-rabbit's avatar
BlackBloodedEdward11's avatar
-_- ....

How the F*ck is this of any relevance ?

he has been out of office for 4 years now and there has been two other presidents .

Anyone who names the current president in Egypt will get a hand job personally from me if you get this right AND HIS FULL NAME, AND DO NOT LOOK IT UP ! 
luvataciousskull's avatar
This was originally posted on February 3, 2011.
BlackBloodedEdward11's avatar
okay, sorry with great sincere :)
NormalIdeal's avatar
It happened more like: NO TO MOBARAK, YES TO ULTRA-RELIGIOUS RULERS WHO HATE DEMOCRACY...Lol. A sad tale which was bound to happen.
Olcays's avatar
Turkey with Morsi and Ikhwan
NormalIdeal's avatar
More like the islamic rooted government of Turkey, not all of the public.
Al-Raeese's avatar
Arabia's status on democracy: Not knowing how to run things the democratic way.
KodyBoy555's avatar
It would be like a Egyptian raccoon shouting "Mubarak! Let My People Go!" as in a parody of a quote from "The Prince of Egypt".
The-Psychonaut's avatar
Dude, I can sympathize. I'm Irish American and for 800 years the Irish have been vassal slaves to the british empire, sold, slaughtered and raped according to the whims of others. When my people's independence was finally realized it was a hollow triumph: Dublin, the economic and cultural crown jewel of Eire was left annexed to the British parliament. Ireland, free Ireland, is the one of the most impoverished nations in all of europe and still fight to see the entirety of their land returned to them.


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Tohokari-Steel's avatar
And that resulted in Mohamed Morsi, who went on to make dictatorial power grabs, which meant MORE protests from the Egyptian people...

In other words, the Egyptians are acting more American than Americans. They see a threat to their freedom? They seek to get rid of it.
Al-Raeese's avatar
I'm afraid this isn't the case. You see in the lands of Arabia democracy is kinda new. Morsi did make many mistakes one after another, I don't blame him, democracy is new and they haven't gotten the hang of it. However, 3 million of the 90 million Egyptians decided to cause protests? Why? Because they expected that if democracy came it would instantly solve the problems. Clearly there is fault on both sides, one end Morsi made mistakes and had trouble getting to work this whole democracy scheme of things. The other side, Egyptians got angry shook the country and the military made him step down to calm those protesters. In the end this was a democracy, morsi got in fair and square and stepped down when they asked.
NormalIdeal's avatar
What they did was not "asking". Haha, that man would have never stepped down if they'd just asked.
Ellodi-Fune's avatar
wow,i reallylike the style and message :)
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Lewanut's avatar
Democracy killed Socrates. Down with Democracies. Republics are where it's at.
Lewanut's avatar
To elaborate, here's a section from my upcoming journal:

I see an increasingly large movement to bring democracy to the Middle East. This is a very bad thing. To explain it in simple terms, the difference between a democracy and a republic is that in a republic, there are limits as to what can be done through the political process. In a democracy, if the will of the people is “Socrates is annoying, let's kill him,” then Socrates is as good as dead. In a republic, there are explicit limitations on what the will of the people can choose; i.e., you can not have an innocent man killed for being a nuisance. It would be very nice to have republics in the Middle East, but democracy in their current cultural environment would lead to many more abuses of hemlock.

To relate that to your image, I would agree that more freedom in Egypt would be a good thing, but democracy would be equivalent to mob rule. Egypt needs a clear national document that guarantees freedom to all demographics, rather than just whoever wins the elections.
PAULLONDEN's avatar
Some valid points here. The Arab "Spring" might be very fast become an "Autumn".If it ain't already.Democracy took tens of years to become what it currently is in the West.There are some hard times ahead for minority groups in Egypt.
Belalkamel's avatar
amazing work ........
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