CAIRO – Two people working at one of Egypt's most popular art houses say officials raided their venue, taking computers and other items before closing it.
Monday night's raid on Townhouse Gallery and a raid the next day on a publishing house were the latest in a crackdown on Egypt's art scene — which is often frequented by opposition activists — ahead of the Jan. 25 anniversary of the 2011 uprising.
The Townhouse workers spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons.
On Tuesday night, police raided the publishing house, Dar Merit, and questioned a volunteer, Mohammed Zain, for several hours before releasing him, Dar Merit's manager Mohammed Hashem said.
Maj. Gen. Medhat Hashad, a director at the censorship authority, said they had information that Dar Merit doesn't have a publishing license.