An issue of Al-Ahram’s weekly magazine known as “Al-Ahram Al-Araby” scheduled to be published just a week ahead of the fourth anniversary of Egypt's popular 2011 revolt, is dedicating its cover to a note handwritten by a young man slain in the Maspero clashes of 2011.
"Your children's blood will not be lost and I'm all yours Egypt… A mother's scream and a profound wound, why are they doing this to you?" wrote Mina Danial who was killed in clashes between demonstrators and military police in front of state television building, Maspero in 2011.
Al-Ahram Al-Arabi magazine cover of the upcoming issue (Photo: Al-Ahram)
At least 25 demonstrators – mostly Coptic Christians – were either shot or run over by army vehicles on 9 October after a protest demanding Coptic rights turned deadly.
The cover of the weekly, coming out on Saturday, carries a bold headline "after the revolutions of January and June, why is the Egyptian youth angry?" in reference to the ouster of Egyptian Presidents Hosni Mubarak and Mohamed Morsi.
"We are not honouring Mina by putting his note on our front page, we are actually being honoured by him," Alaa El-Attar, the magazine's editor in chief told Ahram Online.
Youth participation in the country’s recent constitutional referendum and presidential election was disputed, with some observers and commentators saying they have opted out of politics after being repeatedly disappointed.
A controversial protest law that has jailed many of the revolution’s icons, an alleged crackdown on dissent and a possible backslide to figures of the old regime and return of police brutality have exacerbated youth fury and dissatisfaction.