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Egypt begins demolishing Mubarak party HQ

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Egypt on Sunday began tearing down the headquarters of the once-dominant party of ex-president Hosni Mubarak that was torched during the 2011 uprising that toppled him.

Demolition workers, using cranes and bulldozers, began razing the four-storey headquarters of Mubarak’s National Democratic Party (NDP) that overlooks the Nile in central Cairo.

An adjacent 14-storey tower that once housed offices of state-run organisations was also being dismantled.

In early 2011, angry protesters demanding the ouster of Mubarak had ransacked and set fire to the NDP headquarters and the adjacent tower — seen as symbols of his autocratic rule.

Last month the government approved plans to demolish the buildings.

Both buildings are located close to the famed building of the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities near Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square — epicentre of the anti-Mubarak revolt.



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