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Eddie Mair | 11:43 UK time, Friday, 18 February 2011

As Hugh reported on the World at One on Wednesday: "Democracy protests in Tahrir Square next door, lots of noise - perfect cover for thieves to get onto the roof of Cairo Museum and break in and slide down ropes and nick stuff. A bit like the classic thriller Topkapi, starring Peter Ustinov, in which a man is lowered on a wire to steal the Pink Panther diamond. Small items were taken from Cairo Museum, mostly - but significant. Some of them have already been recovered, but broken.

And there are still tanks on the streets.

In front of Tutankhamun's death mask, the minister for Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, vehemently counters accusations that the robbery at the museum were an inside job.

The face of authority. I said to a soldier, "So you are the governemt now!" Yes, he replied, "We are the authority".

Available if needed

(State) Television Centre

Relax, it's only an armed personnel vehicle.

Guns and baked sweet potatoes outside the television centre


Guns'n'Radio Shack

They protect the television building to stop this happening to it. This is (was) the headquarters of Hosni Mubarak's National Democratic Party.

Revolutionary civic pride.

Volunteers have been repainting white lines, railings and curbstones, and removing graffiti. "We are making Cairo clean, " one said.

Black chador, and baseball cap. Fundamentalist Islam Not.



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