Stencil “I love corruption” by lebanese artist Ali & graffiti “Soon the Union of the Arab people” by Egyptian artist Ganzeer drawn on the evening of the 21st of September, in Hamra, Beirut.

The coming morning on the 22nd of September, the graffiti is being painted over with black. The operation is being ordered and watched carefully by the Lebanese police.

The stencils shows a Lebanese police man opening the vest on his chest to uncover a t-shirt written on it ” i Love Corruption”. It is a critical sentence that is mimicking the political “I Love Life” campaigns that took place between the two main rival political parties in Lebanon during 2007 and 2008. Read more about this topic in this post>>

The Square Kufi graffiti stems for the Egyptian revolution and the hopes of the young Arab people that is part of the Arab Spring movement.

It is one of the few times that a graffiti is removed in Beirut so quickly and it seems the Lebanese police were eager to do the removal as quickly as possible since one of the graffiti targets them. Usually the Lebanese police do not stop graffiti artists at night or in broad day light. As long as the graffiti is not sectarian or targeting a certain political leader or drawn in a restricted area, it is ok for the artist to freely draw what he/she wants. It seems that the stencil Ali did hit the police hard and proves to be a true fact.

Below is the process the artist did to complete the graffiti: