Egyptians commemorate death of Khaled Said

Ahram Online, Thursday 6 Jun 2013

Activists remember Khaled Said, who was killed by police in 2010 and became a symbol of the January 25 Revolution, at events across Egypt

Khaled Said
File photo: an activist carries a picture of slain Khaled Said with Arabic that reads "Why was Khaled killed?" during a protest following a press conference for the family at the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo: AP)

Mourners are gathering across Egypt to commemorate the third anniversary of a major event that helped spark the January 25 Revolution.

On 6 June 2010, Khaled Said was killed by two policemen in Alexandria, launching some of the initial appeals for the 2011 demonstrations.

Said, 28 when he died, has become a symbol of police brutality and emergency law abuse.  His death highlighted the injustice of the Mubarak regime and has been especially resonant among young activists and bloggers.  The 'We are all Khaled Said' Facebook page motivated many Egyptians to protest for "Bread, Freedom, Social Justice, and Human Dignity."

Said's commemoration this year in Alexandria, Cairo, Ismailia and Minya coincides with the recent release of three of the suspected murderers in his case. It also corresponds to calls made by opposition groups for 'Rebel' demonstrations against President Mohamed Morsi at the end of June.

In Alexandria, a number of youth activists and political forces organised a silent memorial in front of Said's house. This came after a visit by Said's mother and sister to Khaled's grave, which was covered by a number of media agencies.

In Cairo, security was increased in front of many key buildings such as the Cabinet, the Shura Council and Maspero, the state television building, according to security sources.

Youth activists will wear black at demonstrations in front of the security directorate buildings in Minya and Ismailia.          

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