Egyptian women plan protest Thursday in Cairo against activist killing

Ahram Online , Thursday 29 Jan 2015

A group of women witnesses to the killing of Shaimaa El-Sabagh Saturday in Downtown Cairo will protest at the place she was shot dead Thursday

Shaimaa El-Sabbagh
Shaimaa El-Sabbagh collapses as she was shot during a March by the party in Cairo Jan 24, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)

A number of Egyptian women plan protest Thursday in the same place where 33-year-old activist and mother Shaimaa El-Sabagh was shot dead Saturday, condemning the police that they accuse of killing El-Sabagh.

"We are the women who witnessed what happened to Shaimaa on Saturday and we ought not to keep silent," read the statement published on a Facebook event.

The event will take place at 2pm local time in Downtown Cairo's Talaat Harb Street.

The women who launched the event said they have no party or political group affiliation.

El-Sabagh died from heart and lung lacerations and bleeding in the chest caused by birdshot fired from eight metres away, according to Egypt's Authority of Forensic Medicine.

El-Sabagh, 33, was an advocate for workers' rights and a leading member of the Socialist Popular Alliance Party in Alexandria, a group that supported both the January 25 Revolution and the June 30 anti-Muslim Brotherhood protests.

The party has accused the police of premiditated murder of El-Sabagh.

Sabagh, with around two dozen others, attempted to march to Tahrir Square Saturday to lay flowers in the memory of those who died during the 2011 uprising.

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