Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

28 May 2013

Egypt: Cairo Opera House Employees Demand Sacking Culture Minister

Artists and staff members at the Cairo Opera House staged a demonstration to demand sacking Minister of Culture Alaa Abdel Aziz for his latest decision which included ending the tenure of both the ministry's fine arts sector's head Salah al-Meligi and the Cairo Opera House's acting head Inas Abdel Dayem.

Participants in the demonstration chanted anti-Muslim Brotherhood slogans and demanded sacking the culture minister while holding banners that said "The Opera House is a red line" and "The Opera House and its artists are a symbol of culture in Egypt".

A large number of employees at the opera house rallied in front of Inas Abdel Dayem's office in an attempt to urge her to remain in her post.

Al-Ahram portal reported Abdel Dayem as saying that the culture minister sent her earlier this morning a notice ending her tenure.

The culture minister ended the tenure of the General Egyptian Book Organisation's head Ahmed Mogahed a few days ago.

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