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Egyptian Woman's Death Symbolizes Severity of Government Crackdown

Shaimaa el-Sabbagh and her friends had come to Tahrir square to mark anniversary of Arab Spring reaching Egypt.

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Shaimaa al-Sabbagh is carried by a friend after she was shot in Cairo on January 24, 2015. She'd marked the anniversary of the Arab Spring in Tahrir Square. She died of her wounds.
Shaimaa al-Sabbagh is carried by a friend after she was shot in Cairo on January 24, 2015. She'd marked the anniversary of the Arab Spring in Tahrir Square. She died of her wounds.Credit: Reuters
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The 31-year-old mother, poet and left-wing activist who was shot dead by Egyptian authorities 10 days ago had come to Cairo's Tahrir Square to mark the anniversary of the Arab Spring reaching Egypt, The New York Times has reported.

The New York Times reported that on January 24, Shaimaa el-Sabbagh's friends had wanted to lay the wreath but that she did not initially want to go because she feared an attack from Egyptian soldiers.

The paper quoted her cousin saying that she thought the soldiers might mistake her and her friends for supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is outlawed in Egypt.

Sabbagh, mother to a five-year-old boy, was shot on a downtown street; her friends carried her away from the area to try to save her.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi on television offered condolences, saying he saw Sabbagh as “my own daughter," the Times reported.

But the Times said that the killing of Sabbagh, which was captured on video and in still images, symbolizes how severely the Egyptian authorities are cracking down as they enforce authoritarian control.

The Egyptian authorities promised they would investigate the killing, the Times reported.

But several witnesses who reported the killing to the police said they had been detained for questioning as suspects, and the Interior Ministry effectively cleared the police of responsibility for the shooting, the paper reported.

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