Two years after the death of Khaled Said

After his tragic death in June 2010, Khaled Said became the face of protest against Mubarak’s violent regime. Photo by Hossam el-Hamalawy, available via Flickr through Creative Commons License.

In the two years since his death, he has been called the ‘Face of a Revolution’, his visage spray-painted across Egyptian city streets in the lead-up to Mubarak’s ouster.

Two year’s ago today, Alexandria policemen attacked Khaled Said in a local internet cafe. He was brutalised, tortured and killed. Authorities tried to hide the murder with improper forensic documents and an autopsy that ruled his death as asphyxiation; however, the impossibly hard work of activists, forensic specialists, Egyptian human rights organisations and his courageous family meant that he didn’t become yet another tragic victim of the Mubarak regime.

As we did then, on this two-year anniversary of his death, we would like to express our deepest condolences to the family of Khaled Said.

Below is video that explains more of the story of Khaled Said, and the importance of forensic documentation of torture in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

This film is also available with Spanish, French and Arabic subtitles.


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