State TV boosts security ahead of revolution celebrations

State TV building authorities have stepped up security measures ahead of celebrations planned for 25 January to commemorate the first anniversary of the beginning of Egypt's revolution.

The building's security team installed a metal grid shield to protect the first through fifth floors on the side overlooking the Nile, building security chief Major General Mohsen al-Shehawy told Al-Masry Al-Youm.

"Security forces stationed inside have been reinforced in collaboration with the military," Shehawy said. "The security plan involves strict measures to secure the live broadcast studios. Alternative studios have been prepared to operate in case of emergency."

Egyptian Media Production City will also boost security as a protection against any attempts at sabotage, the security official said.

"We received an offer from the Farmers Syndicate to sent volunteers to guard the building," Shehawy said.

Violence broke out at a Coptic-led march outside the state TV building — commonly known as Maspero — on 9 October. Twenty-seven people died in the violence.

Translated from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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