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Egyptian Activist Hailed As “Child Of The Revolution” Laid To Rest

The body of Bassem Mohsen, a 22-year-old activist whose belief in the power of protest inspired many, was taken to his hometown of Suez for burial on Monday. For many, his death also highlighted the dashed dreams of the revolution.

1. Bassem Mohsen was not a famous Egyptian, but he inspired many with his passion and belief in the Egyptian revolution.


Hanine حنين

@Hanine09

Shot in eye by MoI (2011), beaten by MB, tried by SCAF (2012), shot in head Friday. Basem Mohsen dies today #Egypt

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2. Despite losing his left eye during the 2011 uprising that toppled the 30-year rule of the Mubarak regime, he continued to protest. He was arrested 2012, and later that year beaten by Muslim Brotherhood supporters.


Mina Fayek

@minafayek

Late Bassem Mohsen, shot by police last week, in an anti-MB sit-in. Sign reads: “We won’t go back before MB are out”.

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3. On Friday, he was shot in the head while participating in protests in the port city of Suez. He was transferred to Cairo and remained in critical condition before succumbing to his wounds Sunday.


Sharif Kouddous

@sharifkouddous

Outside Zeinhom morgue, friends prepare graffiti of Bassem Mohsen as they wait for his body to arrive

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4. His death has inspired many beautiful eulogies. In The Economist, he was remembered as a “child of the revolution,” while the Egyptian news site Mada Masr wrote of constant presence during the revolution.


Sharif Kouddous

@sharifkouddous

Bassem Mohsen’s body finally emerges from Zeinhom morgue. Going to hometown of Suez to be buried.

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5. “For Bassem, the revolution, in its more basic configuration of justice and dignity, was a continuing business. It was a dream, and he labored for it,” wrote the editors of Mada Masr.


Sharif Kouddous

@sharifkouddous

Bassem Mohsen’s body finally arrives at Zeinhom morgue

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6. During a week when several prominent Egyptian activists have been imprisoned for taking part in protests, Mohsen’s death highlighted the difficult times faced by many Egyptian revolutionaries, as they watch the former police state return.

Bassem Mohsen's body finally emerges from Zeinhom morgue. Going to hometown of Suez to be buried.

— sharifkouddous (@Sharif Kouddous)

Sharif Kouddous

@sharifkouddous

Bassem Mohsen’s body finally emerges from Zeinhom morgue. Going to hometown of Suez to be buried.

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7. Many took to Twitter to remember Mohsen, and what he stood for, as they mourned his death.

Truly depressing. #Egypt MT @MariamKirollos Activist Bassem Mohsen lost an eye Nov'11,beaten by Morsi supp Oct'12 & killed by police Dec'13

— nahlas (@Nahla Mesbah)

Nahla Mesbah

@nahlas

Truly depressing. #Egypt MT @MariamKirollos Activist Bassem Mohsen lost an eye Nov’11,beaten by Morsi supp Oct’12 & killed by police Dec’13

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We live in a world where #BassemMohsen is dead & #Mubarak #Shafik are innocent . #Egypt #injustice

— Cairo67Unedited (@Amr Anti Deep State)

Amr Anti Deep State

@Cairo67Unedited

We live in a world where #BassemMohsen is dead & #Mubarak #Shafik are innocent . #Egypt #injustice

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Bassem Mohsen, who joined anti-Brotherhood protests in 2012, signed Tamarod in 2013 & recently protested against current govt was killed.

— LeylaDoss (@Leyla D - ليلى د)

Leyla D - ليلى د

@LeylaDoss

Bassem Mohsen, who joined anti-Brotherhood protests in 2012, signed Tamarod in 2013 & recently protested against current govt was killed.

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In grief, we mourn our martyrs. In gratitude, we continue their revolution. May your soul rest in peace, Bassem Mohsen.

— MariamKirollos (@MK مريم)

MK مريم

@MariamKirollos

In grief, we mourn our martyrs. In gratitude, we continue their revolution. May your soul rest in peace, Bassem Mohsen.

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MB supporters are dropping the fact that Bassem Mohsen who died today, shot by security last week was beaten by MB cadres & tried by Morsi.

— minafayek (@Mina Fayek)

Mina Fayek

@minafayek

MB supporters are dropping the fact that Bassem Mohsen who died today, shot by security last week was beaten by MB cadres & tried by Morsi.

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The regime continues to take out those it couldn't during Mohamed Mahmoud. RIP Bassem Mohsen.

— weskandar (@Wael Eskandar)

Wael Eskandar

@weskandar

The regime continues to take out those it couldn’t during Mohamed Mahmoud. RIP Bassem Mohsen.

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another sleepless sad night #bassem_mohsen I never saw u before in my life but ur death the worst news I have heard ra7mt Allah

— wesamsaid2 (@wesam said)

wesam said

@wesamsaid2

another sleepless sad night #bassem_mohsen
I never saw u before in my life
but
ur death the worst news I have heard
ra7mt Allah

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This is what happens when you push the limits to fight for democracy in a place like #Egypt. Bassem Mohsen's dead. https://t.co/Cgg5Zs3DV9

— Reem_Abdellatif (@Reem Abdellatif)

Reem Abdellatif

@Reem_Abdellatif

This is what happens when you push the limits to fight for democracy in a place like #Egypt. Bassem Mohsen’s dead. https://t.co/Cgg5Zs3DV9

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