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PHOTO GALLERY: Egyptian artists stage protest at Cairo Opera House


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Protesters gather at Cairo Opera House in Zamalek, chanting against culture minister and Brotherhood rule. (Photo: Ayman Hafez)
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Egyptian protester holds poster: "We are all one hand." (Photo: Ayman Hafez)
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Anti-Morsi 'Rebel' campaign joins artists' protest outside Cairo Opera House. (Photo: Ayman Hafez)
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Artists gather at Cairo Opera House to protest new culture minister's policies. (Photo: Ayman Hafez)
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Prominent culture figures Khaled Yousef and Mohamed El-Adl join protest at Opera House. (Photo: Ayman Hafez)
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A couple hundred protesters gather outside the Cairo Opera House gate. (Photo: Ayman Hafez)
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Egyptian artists demand the immediate dismissal of culture minister. (Photo: Ayman Hafez)
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Sacked head of Cairo Opera House joins protests, dressed in colors of Egyptian flag. (Photo: Ayman Hafez)
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Woman chants defiantly in support of freedom of the arts. (Photo: Ayman Hafez)
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"The people demand the fall of the regime," protesters shouted in reference to Egypt's current Islamist-led government. (Photo: Ayman Hafez)
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Protesters stand outside gates of Cairo Opera House, chanting against Egypt's current Islamist-led government. (Photo: Ayman Hafez)
May
31

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."

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