Scores of artists and cultural figures hold Thursday night rally at Cairo Opera House to protest policies of newly-appointed culture minister Alaa Abdel-Aziz
Hundreds of Egyptian artists on Thursday staged a protest outside the main entrance of the Cairo Opera House in the capital's Zamalek district to voice their displeasure with newly-appointed culture minister Alaa Abdel-Aziz and his policies.
Abdel-Aziz's decision to sack Opera House head Ines Abdel-Dayem on Tuesday particularly angered Egypt's artistic community, with the Opera House suspending its activities for three days.
Among the protesters Thursday were leading figures from Egypt’s cultural scene, including world-renowned pianist Ramzi Yassa, film director Khaled Yousef, visual artist Mohamed Abla and artistic director and principal conductor of the Cairo Opera Orchestra Nayer Nagui, among others.
Protesters displayed images of Egyptian cultural icons, holding posters depicting the leading lights of Egypt’s artistic golden age, such as Um Kalthoum, Soad Hosny and Ismail Yassin.
"The people demand the fall of the regime," protesters shouted in unison in reference to Egypt's current Islamist-led government. "Leave, leave, leave."