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Egyptian Museum closed after Tahrir mayhem

Tense stand-off between police and demonstrators forces temporary closure of Cairo's major antiquities collection

MENA, Saturday 9 Apr 2011
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Newly-appointed Minister of State for Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, says the Egyptian Museum ‎has been closed as part of precautionary measures, citing the turmoil in Tahrir Square.‎
       
Egyptian Museum director Tarek Al-Awadi confirmed that the museum is intact but ‎stressed that all ‎roads leading to it has been blocked, which resulted in its closure.‎ ‎

Hundreds of Egyptians defied soldiers who tried to disperse them overnight from ‎‎Tahrir ‎‎Square and vowed Saturday to keep protesting until ex-President Hosni ‎‎Mubarak is tried ‎‎and other demands of the Egyptian Revolution are met.‎

Some demonstrators, angry at the army's use of tasers and batons to drive them ‎‎out ‎of ‎Tahrir, hurled rocks at a burning army bus and truck. Gunshots echoed around ‎‎the ‎square ‎during the night as the army sought to clear the area, Reuters reported. ‎

After a protest by hundreds of thousands of Egyptians on Friday, the army ‎‎‎surrounded the ‎Tahrir after curfew, set from 2am to 5am, to push out those who ‎‎‎remained.‎

Hundreds of protesters hurled stones and other missiles at the museum building, following a ‎verbal exchange with police forces at the museum, MENA ‎reported.‎

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