Egypt's security forces stop symbolic funeral of revolution's last victim

Ahram Online, Friday 5 Aug 2011

Military police blocks the way to Tahrir as dozens of protesters are trying to march in a tribute to the last victim of what was seen as a pre-meditated attack on protesters on 23 July at Abbasiya district of Cairo

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Tens of Egyptians prevented from reaching Tahrir Sqaure after attending the funeral of the first martyr of Abbassiya. Photo: (Mai Shaheen)

Central Security Forces and Military Police blocked protesters on their way to Tahrir Square in a symbolic funerary march of the first martyr of the Abbassiya clashes, the latest casualty of the revolution. Protesters were relatively small in number and had not managed to enter the square.

Activists along with several Egyptians had planned the funeral and asked people to join in solidarity with the martyr’s family in spite of the fact that the body is in the martyr’s hometown, Aswan: Mohamed Mohsen Ahmed, 23, passed away on Wednesday after spending 12 days in a coma after being attacked during a march against the Supreme Council of Armed Forces on 23 July.

The funeral set out from the Omar Makram Mosque, steps away from Tahrir.

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