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Breaking: Video Emerges Showing State Security Demolishing The Townhouse Gallery

It's a dark day for the arts in Egypt as a video emerges showing security forces currently destroying one of the most important artistic and culture centres in Egypt: The Townhouse Gallery.

Artists and appreciators of the arts have plenty to be upset about as a video emerges showing the beloved Townhouse Gallery currently being destroyed by authorities.

On the 6th of April, a section of the Townhouse Gallery collapsed, and by Saturday the 9th authorities arrived to the premises and told the families living in the building that they had one night to remove their belongings and vacate the premises, as they warned they would return the next morning to demolish the building.

The news sparked anger among many, leading to dozens of people up to demonstrate their solidarity with The Townhouse Gallery, and on the morning that they planned to demolish the building, The National Organization for Urban Harmony paid a visit and managed to halt the demolition, stating that the building would be studied and inspected before a decision would be made. They assured everyone that nothing would happen in the next couple of days until alternative solutions had been conceived. However, on the morning of April 11th, the security forces arrived to the gallery heavily armed, took up positions around the building, and prevented anyone from getting closer as security forces began demolishing the building from the inside, ensuring it could never be used again.

 

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Posted by Mido Sadek on Monday, April 11, 2016

 

Not only is this reckless action destroying one of the most important artistic hubs in Cairo, they also forcefully evicted six families from their homes, leaving them with no options but to live on the streets.

The demolition is still ongoing, and for the latest information we suggest visiting the Townhouse Gallery Facebook page by clicking here.