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Cairo reopens Egyptian Museum
Mon, 11 Apr 2011 14:46:22 GMT
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Tourists visit Cairo's Egyptian Museum on February 21, 2011.
Cairo's Egyptian Museum has been reopened one day after anti-government demonstrations in the African capital's Liberation Square left six people dead.

Four tourist groups visited the museum on Sunday morning while the building was secured from both inside and outside, almasryalyoum reported.

Authorities closed the Egyptian Museum on Saturday when violence broke out as the Egyptian military dispersed a peaceful sit-in in Liberation Square where protestors had gathered to ask for the prosecution of ousted president Hosni Mubarak and other figures of his regime.

In a statement released on Sunday, Egypt's Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass assured that the museum was completely secure and both the armed forces and the Tourism and Antiquities police have increased their presence.

The prominent archeologist also announced that both the Coptic and Islamic museums in Cairo were closed on Sunday as a precautionary measure taken due to inadequate security around the two museums.

The angry crowd on Saturday promised to remain relentless in pursuit of their demands, including the social reforms and the prosecution of former regime figures.

They also want the Egyptian army to hand over power to a civilian government as part of the promised reforms.

The protests come weeks after Mubarak handed over power to Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which is headed by Defense Minister Gen. Mohammed Tantawi.

Looters attacked some ancient sites and museums while Egypt was rocked by unprecedented demonstrations against Hosni Mubarak's 30-year-rule.

Some 70 objects including two mummified skulls from the Late Period were destroyed when protesters set the headquarters of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), near Cairo's Egyptian Museum, on fire.

The most important missing piece from the Egyptian Museum might be a limestone statue of Akhenaton holding an offering table.

The two-storey Egyptian museum houses tens of thousands of historical objects in its galleries and storerooms, including most of the King Tutankhamen collection.

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