Qaroun Lake in Fayoum - File photo
CAIRO – 23 May 2017: Families of Fayoum’s Tunis village closed down their pottery ateliers to protest the government’s move to acquire the local’s lands in order to build a new police station, claiming they are state property.
“Tunis” is most known for the mud-brick houses and pottery-making craft, which is inherited and practiced by most of the families lodging the lake village.
“The families must be granted official legalization of their property; especially that they are the actual landowners and not squatters since they pay their grazing-land fees,” Mohamed Abla told Tahrir News Sunday.
Abla is one of the artists who shut down their gallery in solidarity with the families.
He added that Tunis village is an ideal village where a true cultural development exists, alongside with a strong appreciation for arts.