New protests against the head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities

Nevine El-Aref , Monday 14 Nov 2011

Employees of the Supreme Council of Antiquities protest again, asking for the resignation of the newly appointed secretary general

Under the title, “The revolution’s decisiveness at the Supreme Council of Antiquities" (SCA) a small group of the SCA’s staff protested today in front of the SCA building in Zamalek asking for the resignation of the newly appointed secretary general Mostafa Amin.

The protest comes but a month after Amin took the post. Protestors asked not only for the resignation of Amin but the SCA to be returned to being the Ministry of State for Antiquites (MSA), and the appointment of the SCA’s temporary staff according to a scheduled timetable.

Ahmed Emam, one of the protestors told Ahram Online that Amin promised to appoint all the SCA’s temporary staff but he never did. He continued that 400 employees newly appointed since the former MSA head Zahi Hawass was forced out. Most of them were administrators.

Protestors also asked for the cancellation of all projects of no immediate benefit to archaeology, as well as the dismissal of all SCA consultants and advisors who take money for no specific reason.

After almost an hour of protesting, protestors moved from the SCA building towards the Cabinet after they realised that Amin was not in the office. According to a junior employee at the SCA who requested anonymity, Amin did not return to work since the Eid holiday. Rumours are that Amin is out of the city.

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