A young woman walks past graffiti called “Death of Euro” by French street artist Goin in central Athens on June 19. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)

Greek officials said Monday that there is no way that they could come up with the money required to meet the country’s debt payment of 1.6 billion euros ($1.7 billion) due Tuesday to the International Monetary Fund.

Five years of Greece’s economic troubles and the grueling austerity that resulted have sawed away at its middle class.

“This is an invisible war,” Stalo Mestana told The Washington Post.  “It’s like an emotional, economic war.” She said.

[At barren shops and closed banks, Greeks feel strain of ‘economic war’]

It’s also a “war” documented by the graffiti painted on buildings across the country.

“Graffiti in Athens used to be all about football, politics or teenage crushes,” the Associated Press recently wrote, “silly enough to be laughed off, rare enough to be frowned upon.” But as the country burrowed deeper into financial distress, Greek graffiti has shifted focus. Wheatpaste posters and murals show anger, frustration and political awareness.

“The middle class and the working class in Greece have been ruined,” Mapet, a Greek dentist turned street artist told the New York Times last year. “My goal is to deliver social and political counterpropaganda, and make people think.”

“If you want to learn about a city, look at its walls,” Greek street artist iNO, told the Times last year. “Take a walk in the center of Athens, and you will get it.”


(Orestis Panagiotou/European Pressphoto Agency)

(Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP)

Two murals, on the right made by street artist EX!T, and on the left, by N_Grams (Petros Giannakouris/AP)

Greek street artist Achilles. (Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)

“Greece vs Everybody.” (Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images)

The word painted over the European Union flag reads, “No.” (Alkis Konstantinidis)

A man passes graffiti depicting ”The Winged Victory of Samothrace,” left, and ”The Antikythera mechanism” on an old building at the port of Piraeus, near Athens on June 28. (Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)

(Petros Giannakouris/AP)

“Cut the debt, IMF go home.” (Alexandros Vlachos/European Pressphoto Agency)

(Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)

“5€” by street artist Wild Drawing. (Petros Giannakouris/AP)

“Free Greece from the European prison” (Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images)

Greek street artist Bleeps. (Petros Giannakouris/AP)

“Mrs Merkel we still love you – Greece.” (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

(Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)

(Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)