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Egypt's military are guarding Cairo's famed Egyptian Museum after a failed looting attempt. The vandals ripped the heads off two mummies and damaged 10 small artifacts before being caught by army  soldiers on Saturday according to Egypt's antiquities chief.

Understandably, the protesters are upset with their government but to destroy a piece of Egyptian history as some sort of attention getting scheme ranks up there with other dumb criminal acts.

The chaos in Egypt has put thousands of valuable pieces of history in the line of fire.

Looters tore the heads off two ancient mummies and destroyed other artifacts at Cairo's Egyptian Museum, and other museums, warehouse and archeological sites around the country have been reportedly raided.

Army commandoes were dispatched over the weekend to protect the 108-year-old museum in Cairo's Tahrir square, where many of the nation's protesters have gathered over the last week.

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grlygrlz2

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 11:41 AM on Jan. 31, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • That's fairly depressing.

    I love history and I would hope those items would be guarded for safe keeping by all people in Egypt.

    They are priceless.
    mustbeGRACE

    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 11:45 AM on Jan. 31, 2011

  • Early Saturday, Hawass fought the mobs to reach the museum. He gathered students and others protesting in the streets and rallied them to the building in central Cairo. When Hawass and his ad hoc "committee" arrived around noon on Saturday, they discovered the keys to the museum had been stolen.


    After an hour, Hawass was able to break in and quickly assess the damage. About 100 artifacts had been broken, but "none were really precious," he said.


    Hawass discovered that three "tourist police" who had stayed at the museum throughout the night had caught and bound one of the nine looters who had smashed through the roof.

    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 11:45 AM on Jan. 31, 2011

  • People are dying, I care more about them. The people are revolting....this is what happens.

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:03 PM on Jan. 31, 2011

  • You can revolt without tearing your own house down.

    Complaining because your economy is chitty and tearing down tourist draws and priceless artifacts won't help your economy, which is part of the reason they're rioting.

    Makes no sense.

    All of which has nothing to do with the number of people who have died.
    mustbeGRACE

    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 12:06 PM on Jan. 31, 2011

  • I wouldn't assume it was protesters that committed the vandalism, rather, individuals capitilizing on the chaos.
    UpSheRises

    Answer by UpSheRises at 12:12 PM on Jan. 31, 2011

  • People are dying, I care more about them. The people are revolting....this is what happens.


     Revolt against the government. NOT against the historical references and culture....  I guess "some" see an opportunity to not let a crisis go to waste...  Go ahead a 'loot', because some simply say, " it's what happens"....  BS.. They are pinheads. 

    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 12:16 PM on Jan. 31, 2011

  • Are people dying because of the government? because of the Protesters? Other?  "On Saturday in Beni Suef, south of Cairo, police shot dead 17 people trying to attack two police stations and eight people were killed during protests. Eight others were killed in clashes when prisoners tried to escape from Abu Zaabal prison in Cairo."


     

    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 12:21 PM on Jan. 31, 2011

  • Too many are seizing this opportunity to serve individual agenda's that have NOTHING to do with changing Mubarak's governing...  There is more than one message in the mass protest.  I would venture to guess 'Some' are using the protesters as pawns to serve their agenda. 

    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 12:23 PM on Jan. 31, 2011

  • Revolt against the government. NOT against the historical references and culture


    Revolt is UGLY, tell it to Michelle Bachman, she wants it HERE

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:41 PM on Jan. 31, 2011

  • Assuming its the protesters when THOUSANDS of PRISONERS broke out of JAILS....

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:42 PM on Jan. 31, 2011

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