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Night of Looters in the Egyptian Museum

January 29, 2011

Distressing news from Reuters:

CAIRO Jan 29 (Reuters) – Looters broke into the Egyptian Museum during anti-government protests late on Friday and destroyed two Pharaonic mummies, Egypt’s top archaeologist told state television.

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The two-storey museum, built in 1902, houses tens of thousands of objects in its galleries and storerooms, including most of the King Tutankhamen collection.

The museum is adjacent to the National Democratic Party’s headquarters, around whom the protests are centered. It makes sense that the headquarters and the museum would be come linked in the minds of the protestors.

It’s like Iraq all over again.

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