Streets to be named after martyrs of Jan 25 and following events

Cairo Governor Galal Mostafa Saeed announced that 12 streets and schools in Cairo will be renamed after martyrs of the January 25 uprising and the events that followed, according to the Official Gazette. 

Most of the martyrs are those killed under the reign of Mohamed Morsi, including Gaber Salah Gaber, known as “Jika,” who was killed in November 2012 in clashes with security forces on Mohamed Mahmoud Street, journalist Al-Husseiny Abu Deif, and Mohamed Hussein, known as “Kristy,” who were both killed in violence at the presidential palace in December 2012 and February 2013 respectively.

A street will also be renamed after Mohamed al-Guindi, who also died in February 2013, after he was allegedly tortured by the police. 

Four schools will also carry the names of police martyrs.

Two streets will honor the memories of Sheikh Emad Effat and Mina Daniel, both of whom were killed before Morsi assumed power.

Effat was shot dead in December 2011 in clashes with military police during protests against military rule.   

Daniel, however, is one of 27 protesters killed in October 2011, either by army fire or under the wheels of armed personnel carriers during a protest against sectarianism.

Other streets will carry the names of fallen journalists, the governor said.

Last month, Saeed announced that three streets will be renamed after state symbols including Gaballah Ali Gaballah, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and the 1970s dissident duo, musician Sheikh Imam and poet Ahmed Fouad Negm, who passed away in early December.

This came shortly after Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi and Saeed together laid the first brick of what was to be a monument in the center of Tahrir Square “commemorating the martyrs of the two revolutions of January 25 and June 30,” on the eve of the second anniversary of the Mohamed Mahmoud clashes between protesters and police forces, which left dozens dead.

The monument only survived a few hours before it was defiled by protesters commemorating both of these battles.


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