Mohamed El-Sayed Said, the Egyptian writer and political analyst, will be remembered tomorrow on the second anniversary of his death at the Supreme Council for Culture in the grounds of the Cairo Opera House at 6pm.
Said, born in Port Said on 28 June 1950, studied at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science and participated in the 1968 student demonstrations. He graduated in 1973, then he finished his military service and fought in October 1973 War. After he finished his military service he joined Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies. He was the only intellectual who discussed with Mubarak bravely upholding rights and respecting the constitution in Mubarak’s meeting with the intellectuals at the Cairo International Book Fair in 2005.
The late thinker wrote 22 political books beside his articles. Some of his most important books are: Our Rights Today Not Tomorrow, co-authored with Bahey El-Din Hassan, Syria between the Targeting and Reformation, Multinational Corporations and The Arab System after the Gulf Crisis.
Said was editor-in-cheif of El-Badeel newspaper and deputy director of Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies. He was also one of the founders of the protest movement Kifaya. He participated in founding the Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights. He was detained for a month with human rights activists in 1989 after he wrote a statement as an act of solidarity with iron and steel workers who staged a sit-in inside their factory. The statement condemned security forces breaking into the factory and shooting workers.
Said is usually described as a left wing intellectual, but he described himself saying: “I’m a liberal amongst the left wing, and left wing amongst liberals."
He died in Cairo on 10 October 2009 after a long illness.