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PHOTO GALLERY: Artists break into Egypt's culture ministry, demand minister's dismissal




Artists mingle in the lobby of the Ministry of Culture building. (Photo: Ati Metwaly)

Artists gather outside Ministry of Culture building in Cairo's Zamalek district. (Photo: Ati Metwaly)

Artists gather outside Ministry of Culture building in Cairo's Zamalek district. (Photo: Ati Metwaly)

Artists break into the Ministry of Culture building and declare an open-ended sit-in until the minister is dismissed. (Photo: Ati Metwaly)

Artists break into the Ministry of Culture building and declare an open-ended sit-in until the minister is dismissed. (Photo: Ati Metwaly)

Artists stand in the lobby of the Ministry of Culture building. (Photo: Ati Metwaly)

Visual artist Mohamed Abla stands among other artists in the lobby of the Ministry of Culture building. (Photo: Ati Metwaly)

Artists assemble in the Ministry of Culture's meeting room, release statement condemning Minister Alaa Abdel-Aziz and demanding his dismissal. (Photo: Ati Metwaly)

Artists assemble in the Ministry of Culture's meeting room, release statement condemning Minister Alaa Abdel-Aziz and demanding his dismissal. (Photo: Ati Metwaly)

Artists stand in the lobby of the Ministry of Culture building. (Photo: Ati Metwaly)

Film director Khaled Yousef and actor Mahmoud Kabil sit among other artists in the Ministry of Culture's meeting room. (Photo: Ati Metwaly)

Artists play music outside Ministry of Culture building in Cairo's Zamalek district. (Photo: Ati Metwaly)

Artists gather outside Ministry of Culture building in Cairo's Zamalek district. (Photo: Ati Metwaly)

Artists gather outside Ministry of Culture building in Cairo's Zamalek district, hold posters reading; "Leave" and "The People Demand the Downfall of the (Culture) Minister." (Photo: Ati Metwaly)

Artists continue to stage an open-ended sit-in at Egypt's culture ministry building in Cairo.

Around midday, a large number of artists and intellectuals entered the Ministry of Culture building while a few hundred others staged a protest on the street in front of the ministry.

The artists' numbers grew by the hour and they were joined by passers-by as well.

With artists chanting and staging musical performances on the street, a group occupying the ministry's office sat around the large table in one of the inside rooms.

The artists chanted demanding removal of the culture minister, Alaa Abdel-Aziz, stating that the sit-in would continue until his dismissal.

Read more about the sit-in here.

Photos by: Ati Metwaly