Mohamed Mahmoud and Maspero victims are revolution martyrs: PM

Ahram Online , Monday 12 Dec 2011

Following pressure from the Cabinet sit-in, the victims of the recent security violence in Tahrir Square and Maspero are designated as revolutionary martyrs, allowing their families access to compensation

Egyptian Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri has approved the demand of the protesters at the Cabinet building sit-in and added the victims of the Maspero clashes and Mohamed Mahmoud clashes to the list of January 25 revolution martyrs, granting them all compensations and benefits.

On Monday, El-Ganzouri met members of an initiative to end the sit-in, including human right activists Nasser Amin, Mohamed Hafny, Hafez Abu Saada and Ahmed Ragab who were chosen by the protesters participating in the sit-in to negotiate with the prime minister on their behalf.

After the meeting, the activists revealed that El-Ganzouri approved some of the protesters’ demands, including revising the legal cases related to the violence in Mohamed Mahmoud Street and at Maspero and referring them to the civilian judiciary instead of to military courts, as well as acknowledging the victims of both clashes as the nation’s martyrs, and not as thugs.

At least 40 protesters were killed in the Mohamed Mahmoud clashes in late November, while 27 protesters were killed at clashes around the Maspero state TV and radio building on 9 October.

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