Update: Mina Danial’s birthday remembered in Cairo, Alexandria

Activists took to Tahrir Square on Monday to commemorate the birthday of the late Mina Danial, who would have turned 21 on Sunday.

Danial, a Coptic activist, died after being shot in the chest almost a year ago during deadly demonstrations in front of the Maspero building.

The memorial took place on Mohamed Mahmoud Street, the site of violent clashes between demonstrators and police forces in late November 2012.

Participants carried Egyptian flags, photos of Danial and Revolutionary Socialist party banners, while chanting slogans against the Muslim Brotherhood and the military council.

Former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi, Mona Danial and journalist Belal Fadl attended the memorial, which took place alongside celebrations by nationalist, leftist and civil forces elsewhere in the square in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the 1952 revolution.

On Wednesday, Coptic activists also plan to stage a vigil in Alexandria to commemorate Danial’s birthday.

 “We will stand for four hours facing the sea,” said Fahd Heikal, an organizer of the vigil. “And we might hold a march to the Northern Command headquarters afterwards.”

On 9 October, Daniel was among nearly 27 people who were killed in clashes between the army and protesters during a Coptic-led march outside the state-run TV building in Maspero. Video clips show army vehicles running over protesters, but army officials say the killings occurred by mistake and accused protesters of assaulting the armed forces.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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