Egyptian Artists Rally against 'Islamization' of Culture

(France24) Abdeljali Chernoubi - For days, dozens of Egyptian artists and intellectuals have been occupying the headquarters of the Ministry of Culture in Cairo to demand the resignation of the new culture minister, whom the protesters accuse of "Islamizing" the sector. The new minister of culture recently fired the director of the Cairo Opera, as well as both the Director of Fine Arts and the Director of Literature. These actions have infuriated many intellectuals, who in early June began a sit-in in front of and in the Ministry of Culture in Cairo to call for the minister's resignation. Tensions rose when dozens of supporters of President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood organized a counter-protest, which turned into a clash with the artists.

2013-06-14 00:00:00

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