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PHOTO GALLERY: Islamists clash with artists' protest outside Ministry of Culture




Clashes broke out Tuesday morning outside ministry of culture building in Zamalek. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

Pro and anti-culture minister protesters clash on the banks of the Nile in Zamalek, outside ministry. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

Members from Islamist groups clash with artists' protest outside ministry of culture. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

Police keep peace between rival protests at Egyptian culture ministry. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

Police keep peace between rival protests at Egyptian culture ministry. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
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A protester outside the ministry holds shoe to poster of President Morsi. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

Angry demonstrators from the Freedom and Justice Party and the Building and Development Party, the political arm of the ultra-conservative Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya outside ministry of culture building. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

Police keep peace between rival protests at Egyptian culture ministry. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

Protesters from Islamist groups organize rival demo at ministry of culture. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
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Police keep peace between rival protests at Egyptian culture ministry. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

Protesters from Islamist groups protest in support of Minister Alaa Abdel-Aziz. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

Rebel campaign joins protest outside ministry of culture. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

Mohamed El-Adl holds Rebel campaign poster outside ministry of culture. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

Rebel campaign joins protest outside ministry of culture. (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

A protest by artists outside the culture ministry in Cairo’s Zamalek district was met by angry opposition from groups of Islamists on Tuesday.

On Tuesday morning, members of Islamist parties announced they would be going to a protest currently being held by disgruntled artists and intellectuals at the culture ministry, to force the protesters to leave.

The protesting artists called for supporters to join them, and police forces at the protest increased in number in anticipation of possible clashes.

The artists gathered outside the ministry, which they broke into to “occupy” on Wednesday, chanting against the Muslim Brotherhood and singing songs by Egyptian revolutionary icons such as Sheikh Imam.

They were opposed by angry demonstrators from the Freedom and Justice Party and the Building and Development Party, the political arm of the ultra-conservative Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya group, who chanted: "Clean up [the ministry], clean up, minister.”

Minor scuffles occurred between the two sides, resulting in the injury of a policeman. However, the situation was contained and the Islamists left the scene without further incident.