Cairo - Two people working at one of Egypt's most popular art houses say officials raided their premises, taking computers and other items before closing it.
The raid on Townhouse Gallery and another 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 January 25 anniversary of the 2011 uprising.
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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.
A director at the censorship authority, Maj. Gen. Medhat Hashad, said they had information that Dar Merit doesn't have a publishing license.