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Mina Daniel: Egypt's Che Guevara

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Mina Daniel: Egypt's Che Guevara


Long-awaited presidential elections in Egypt will begin in June, but this is too late for coptic Christian Mina Daniel.

Whilst protesting for elections, he was killed on October 9. Now he is known as the Egyptian Che Guevara because he died on the same day as the South American revolutionary.

His sister Mery Daniel was at the same demonstration and recalls what happened that day.

“There were families there – mothers, fathers, even grandparents. Mina was at the front. We saw tanks – they were making a zig-zag pattern, forcing people to escape on both sides of the road. They were even driving at the people on the pavements.

“When I realised what was going on, I started asking ‘Where’s Mina?’ People kept telling me he’s ok. Then I got a call saying he’d been wounded and was in hospital. When I got into a taxi to go there, I got another call telling me not to go because Mina wasn’t wounded – he had been killed,” said Mery.

Since the revolution ousted former president Hosni Mubarak, Egyptians have been demonstrating for a speedier transition from military rule to the democracy they hoped for – Egyptians like Mina Daniel who lost his life in the process.

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