A demonstrator carries a portrait of Egyptian Khaled Said on the second anniversary of Said’s death in Cairo on June 6, 2012. Said, 28, was beaten to death by police in Alexandria in June 2010 after he posted a video showing police officers sharing the spoils of a drugs bust, according to his family. The act of brutality galvanized further protests, in particular, the anti-torture Facebook page.
Tens of thousands of political prisoners suffered torture under Hosni Mubarak’s 29-year rule. Virtually all the abuses perpetrated under Mubarak’s regime have gone unpunished.
One of the extreme cases of brutality ended in the death of 28-year-old Khaled Said, in Alexandria. Beaten to death by two police officers in June 2010, his name became a rallying call of the uprising. “We are all Khalid Said,” was the name of the Facebook group that helped organize the early protests.
[Credit : Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters]