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Hope on the walls: Graffiti in Athens, Greece

A capital A inscribed in a circle used to be the most popular autograph on Greek walls. Armed with the ubiquitous cans of spray paint, anarchists left their marks on the exterior of buildings ranging from foreign banks to government offices. In the midst of the financial crisis, Greece is breathing in anxiety and exhaling anger. When I walked in the streets of Thessaloniki in February, I was unsurprised by the messages of popular disappointment or by the calls for resistance to the austerity measures of the bailout packages. Five months later, the disappointment and anger remain — but they have been supplanted by messages of camaraderie and love. Greek youth have transformed the walls into receptacles of hope and humor, with the required doses of political commentary and social critique. A glimpse into the walls of Athens from my latest photo-walk:

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