Activist who lost eyes named spokesperson of the revolution

Ahram Online, Friday 20 Jan 2012

After losing both his eyes in two separate state attacks on protesters in Tahrir Square, Ahmed Harara has become an icon and was voted on Friday to head the revolutionaries' council

Ahmed Harara (Photo: Ahram Online)

Blind revolutionary Ahmed Harara has been named the spokesperson of the revolution by Tahrir activists on Friday.

The activists, who were participating in the Friday of Martyr's Dream rally in Tahrir Square to prepare for the first anniversary of the January 25 revolution, decided that they will create an advisory council made up of 50 revolutionary youth, topped by Harara to represent the group.

Harara, a 31-year-old dentist, became an iconic figure of the revolution after he lost both eyes in two separate clashes since the revolution erupted in January 2011.

Harara lost his right eye during the bloody 28 January police crackdown on peaceful protesters during the initial 18-day uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak. Similarly, Harara then lost his left eye on 19 November when police and army forces violently dispersed a sit-in at Tahrir Square.

Last month, Harara made a medical trip to France for a transplant to restore the vision in his left eye, but was told by doctors that there is no hope.

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