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Egyptians form human shield to protect museum

29/01/11 00:34 CET

One Cairo building that has been spared so far in the anti-government protests is the Egyptian Museum, despite a fire raging at the ruling National Democratic Party office nearby.

Locals were determined to protect national treasures.

“We are Egyptians and this is the Egyptian Museum,” said one man.

“We are standing here and calling for the army to come as soon as possible and we will not leave until the army arrives.”

The museum houses pharaonic treasures including the death mask of Tutankhamun.

The walls of the building were daubed with grafitti reading “down with the dog Mubarak.”

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