CAIRO: No gatherings will be allowed in Tahrir Square on the fourth anniversary of the January 25 Revolution,the Interior Ministry announced Saturday, as Egypt is “committed to 7-day mourning period for King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud,” Youm7 reported.
Gen. Maj. Abdel Fatah Osman, the assistant interior minister for public relations and media added in a phone call to Mehwar television channel, that they are mainly afraid “of huge crowds in the squares, especially at this critical timing of the state.”
On Saturday a protester was killed by birdshot in Talaat Harb Square, as security forces dispersed a demonstration by the Popular Alliance Party (PAP) heading to Tahrir to commemorate the 2011 deaths of January 25 Revolution protesters, according to PAP.
The shooting of Shaimaa al-Sabbagh, who was the mass action secretary of PAP, was captured in images by Youm7, in which officers are seen chasing one or more persons behind the falling Sabbagh.
Hisham Abdul Hamid, the forensic spokesperson, stated Saturday that Shaimaa was killed from a distance of 3 to 8 meters with birdshot used by both citizens and police.
Attorney General Hisham Barakat has called for a “quick investigation” into the clashes, as the prosecution said that they “welcome” any witness testimony.