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The Street Art Of Muammar Qaddafi

Pictures and billboards of the Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi are ubiquitous in Libya.

Pictures and billboards of the Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi are ubiquitous in Libya. This one marks the 40th anniversary of the overthrow of Libya's monarchy in 2009.
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Pictures and billboards of the Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi are ubiquitous in Libya. This one marks the 40th anniversary of the overthrow of Libya's monarchy in 2009.

"Oh Muammar, you struggled, and freed the country, and you achieved." (Photo by Carsten ten Brink)
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"Oh Muammar, you struggled, and freed the country, and you achieved." (Photo by Carsten ten Brink)

"Knight of the African Union." Qaddafi spent the 1970s and 1980s embracing pan-Arabism, but was spurned by other Arab states. (Photo by Carsten ten Brink)
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"Knight of the African Union." Qaddafi spent the 1970s and 1980s embracing pan-Arabism, but was spurned by other Arab states. (Photo by Carsten ten Brink)

Qaddafi spent the 1990s and 2000s as a proponent of pan-Africanism. Apartment blocks, like these in Tripoli, are often adorned with homages to the leader. (Photo by Quigibo)
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Qaddafi spent the 1990s and 2000s as a proponent of pan-Africanism. Apartment blocks, like these in Tripoli, are often adorned with homages to the leader. (Photo by Quigibo)

This billboard shows Qaddafi with other African leaders in the Libyan coastal city of Sirte, before the start of the Arab League Extraordinary Summit in October 2010.
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This billboard shows Qaddafi with other African leaders in the Libyan coastal city of Sirte, before the start of the Arab League Extraordinary Summit in October 2010.

"Glory to you, the one who united Africa." Qaddafi is often accused by other African leaders of causing instability in the region. (Photo by Carsten ten Brink)
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"Glory to you, the one who united Africa." Qaddafi is often accused by other African leaders of causing instability in the region. (Photo by Carsten ten Brink)

Qaddafi has been blamed for sectarian violence in Nigeria, a recent bombing in Uganda during the World Cup, and for pushing a planned "United States of Africa."
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Qaddafi has been blamed for sectarian violence in Nigeria, a recent bombing in Uganda during the World Cup, and for pushing a planned "United States of Africa."

"He is the one that united the African Union." (Photo by Carsten ten Brink)
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"He is the one that united the African Union." (Photo by Carsten ten Brink)

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