06/07/2013, 00.00
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Intellectuals protest against the Islamization of Egyptian culture

Hundreds stationed for days in front of the Ministry of Culture. Writers, directors, singers and actors calling for the resignation of the new Minister Alaa Abdel Aziz. Dozens of officials dismissed for political reasons.

Cairo (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Intellectuals, writers, journalists, filmmakers, and celebrities are protesting against the Islamization of Egyptian culture. Since last June 5th hundreds of people have been stationed in front of the Ministry of Culture, to demand the resignation of the new Minister Alaa Abdel Aziz accused of firing dozens of officials for no reason other than the fact they were not linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Among the protesters who have joined the sit-in is novelist Sonallah Ibrahim, famous for having refused a prestigious State award in 2003, because of his opposition to the Mubarak regime, the director Khaled Youssef, known for his constant opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood , film producer Mohamed al-Adl and actors Nabil al-Halfawy, Mahmoud Qabil and Sameh al-Seriety, the poet Sayed Hegab and the important novelist Bahaa Taher.

The event comes after the three-day strike organized by the employees of Cairo Opera against the policies of Abdel Aziz.

On 7 May the President Mohamed Morsi presented the members of the new government cabinet, handing nine ministries to political personalities affiliated to his Freedom and Justice Party. Morsi appointed Ahmed Issa Ahmed, an expert on Islamic and Coptic culture as Minister of Antiquities. The choice contrasts with the custom that has always attributed its management of the national ministry for culture to internationally recognized intellectuals and experts in Egyptian archeology.



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