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In PHOTOS: Gaddaffiti in Benghazi

Last updated on: March 25, 2011 08:49 IST

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Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi may have pounded, shot and arrested many in the battle to save his skin and regime, but it has not deterred the creative flow of his countrymen.

Gaddafi carefully controlled how his image was used, often portraying himself as a deity or beloved leader. With the rebellion, however, freedom of expression in rebel-controlled areas means that ridicule has become a key weapon in the fight against the climate of fear that has long gripped the country.

Anti-Gaddafi caricatures and graffiti have sprung up across cities such as Benghazi, most of them portraying him in an unflattering light. Let's take a look at some of them.

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Image: Revolutionary graffiti caricaturing Muammar Gaddafi adorns a wall in Benghazi
Photographs: Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters
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A caricature of Muammar Gaddafi paying off African mercenaries is posted on a wall in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi



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A caricature of Muammar Gaddafi is painted on the wall of the garrison headquarters where a major battle took the lives of more than 100 people last month in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi



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Caricatures of Muammar Gaddafi are posted on a wall in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi



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A caricature of Muammar Gaddafi is posted on a wall in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi



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A caricature of Muammar Gaddafi is posted on a wall in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi



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A caricature of Muammar Gaddafi is drawn in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi



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Caricatures of Muammar Gaddafi are posted on a wall in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi



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A caricature of Muammar Gaddafi is painted on a wall in a rebel stronghold



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Caricatures of Muammar Gaddafi are posted on a wall in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi



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Revolutionary graffiti adorns a lamp post in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi



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A caricature of Muammar Gaddafi and his son Saif Al-Islam (R) is spray painted on a wall in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi



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A rebel makes a poster in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi



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