Artists' protest takes over the culture minister's office in Zamalek; employees expel Brotherhood members of staff from building
On Wednesday, protesters incensed by recent high-profile firings took over the culture minister's office in Zamalek, declaring an open ended sit-in until the minister resigns. On Thursday, they forced members of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party out of the building. Protesters occupying the building chanted "Out! Out!" and "Down with the [Muslim Brotherhood's] Supreme Guide's rule!" until the they were forced to leave.
The Freedom and Justice Party members were hired recently as advisors to the culture minister, a move the protesters argued showed there was a deal between the minister, who was appointed in May, and Egypt's ruling party.
The protests started the previous week when the minister of culture fired the head of the Opera House, Ines Abdel-Dayem, and head of the Fine Arts Sector, Salah El-Meleigy. Artists argue that minister Alaa Abdel-Aziz is unqualified for the position and is aligning himself with the Muslim Brotherhood's goals for culture, and have launched a number of protests.
Video by Mohamed Saad.