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Workers began demolishing torched party HQ of Egypt's Mubarak

  • The former ruling National Democratic Party's headquarters, which was looted and burned during the January 25th uprising in 2011, is demolished by authorities, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, May 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

    The former ruling National Democratic Party's headquarters, which was looted and burned during the January 25th uprising in 2011, is demolished by authorities, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, May 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)  (The Associated Press)

  • A worker uses a water hose during demolition of the former ruling National Democratic Party's headquarters, which was looted and burned during the January 25th uprising in 2011, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, May 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

    A worker uses a water hose during demolition of the former ruling National Democratic Party's headquarters, which was looted and burned during the January 25th uprising in 2011, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, May 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)  (The Associated Press)

  • A worker observes during the demolition of the former ruling National Democratic Party's headquarters, which was looted and burned during the January 25th uprising in 2011, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, May 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

    A worker observes during the demolition of the former ruling National Democratic Party's headquarters, which was looted and burned during the January 25th uprising in 2011, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, May 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)  (The Associated Press)

Egyptian workers, using construction drills and cranes, have begun bringing down the former headquarters of ousted President Hosni Mubarak's now-defunct party, a towering structure which was torched by protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended Mubarak's rule.

The military's corps of engineers on Sunday started bringing down the National Democratic Party's headquarters — a prime piece of real-estate alongside the city's central Tahrir square, adjacent to the Egyptian Museum and overlooking the Nile.

The fate of the property has been a contentious issue, with various government bodies bickering over its future.

For protesters, the building was a charred reminder of the revolt against Mubarak's 29-year reign. The building was set ablaze on Jan. 28, 2011, when protesters overwhelmed Mubarak's police forces and took control of Tahrir Square.