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PHOTO GALLERY: Underground musicians protest syndicate crackdown

El-Sawy and music syndicate board members
"My voice is my freedom: Underground"
Underground musicians hold up their signs
Director of El-Sawy Culturewheel, Mohamed El-Sawy makes an introduction
"Joining syndicates is a choice"
Underground musicians gather outside El-Sawy Culturewheel centre
"We want a syndicate that understands the culture of Underground"
Protesters hold up their signs next to Cairo's graffiti
"The law says you have to support me. So where is the support?"
Musicians make protest signs

Cairo's underground musicians staged a protest against the recent crackdown by the Musicians' Syndicate

On Friday, 9 November, more than 100 underground musicians and supporters staged a protest outside El-Sawy Culturewheel after a crackdown by the Syndicate of Musicians on artists who perform without a permit or membership in the syndicate - which is illegal according to the 1979 law governing Egyptian artistic syndicates.

Members of the syndicate's board, along with director Mohamed El-Sawy, invited the protesters into the Culturewheel later in the evening to reach a compromise.

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All Photos by Rowan El Shimi

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