Ex-rul­ing party’s site be­ing razed

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

Egyptian work­ers, us­ing con­struc­tion drills and cranes, be­gan to de­mol­ish the for­mer head­quar­ters of ousted Pres­i­dent Hosni Mubarak’s de­funct party, a tow­er­ing struc­ture in Cairo that was burned by pro­test­ers dur­ing the 2011 up­ris­ing that ended his rule.

The mil­i­tary’s corps of en­gi­neers is over­see­ing the de­struc­tion of the Na­tional Demo­cratic Party’s head­quar­ters, a prime piece of real es­tate along­side Tahrir Square and ad­ja­cent to the Egyptian Mu­seum.

The fate of the 56-yearold prop­erty has been a con­tentious is­sue. Hu­man rights groups and the fam­ily of the build­ing ’s ar­chi­tect have cam­paigned to stop the de­mo­li­tion.

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