Egyptian women rally in Cairo to demand investigation into protestor deaths

By REUTERS
January 29, 2015 16:00

 
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CAIRO - A group of women protested in Cairo on Thursday against the death of Shaimaa Sabbagh and around 25 other activists allegedly killed by security forces at recent rallies marking the anniversary of Egypt's 2011 uprising.

Sabbagh, 32, died on Saturday as riot police were trying to breakup a small, peaceful demonstration. Friends said she was shot and images of her bleeding body rippled out across social media, sparking outrage and condemnation.

"The interior ministry are thugs!" around 100 protesters chanted on Thursday, gathered at the site of Sabbagh's death. Some of the women held up signs with the word "Murderer" scrawled over the face of Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim.

"I think there was a certain momentum created around Shaimaa's death. People are here at incredible risk to themselves. But it's a way of standing against the fear they have instilled," said activist Yasmin el-Rifae.

Organisers defied a law that severely restricts protests.

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