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Video: Egyptians rally at "Jika" funeral

11-27-2012 14:01 BJT

By CCTV correspondent Sherif El Touny

Thousands of Egyptians have gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, in commemoration of the 17-year-old protester Gaber Salah, who died on Sunday from injuries sustained in clashes with police. Meanwhile, protesters gathered at the square, calling for President Mohamed Morsi’s new constitutional declaration to be revoked.

Gaber Salah, known as Jika, was the first death in the latest clashes with police during the commemorations of last year’s mohamed mahmoud demonstrations, in which more than 40 people have died.

About 2,000 people have gathered in Tahrir Square in commemoration of the 17 year old member of the April 6 Youth Movement.

Mohamed Ahmed, political activist, said, "We are all his friends. At this day we were all at the clashes with the police . He was standing courageously in front by himself while they threw tear gas on us and he took several rubber bullets inside his body."

Roni Habib, Martyr's friend, said, "Before Gaber died, when I asked him who would you vote for in the re-election he said Morsi since we have blood between us and Shafiq and with the first protesters under Morsi, Gaber was killed."

Salah died Sunday evening at Qasr al-Aini Hospital. The April 6 Youth Movement had announced the death of Salah after he sustained head and chest injuries, during the demonstrations.

Clashes in the areas with the police forces have witnessed the calm day on Monday. Dozens of protesters continued their sit-in for the third day over President Morsi’s controversial constitutional decree last Thursday.

Several political forces plan to launch a million man march on Tuesday denouncing the decision.

Mohamed Ahmed said, "Today we stated that we will continue the 25th January revolution and we will achieve its goal of freedom, and social justice. Tomorrow we will be protesting together with many political forces, syndicates and labor unions. We demand to drop the constitutional declaration and the constituent assembly."

The constitutional declaration which allows president Morsi to issue decisions and laws unchallenged on a temporary basis has triggered a wave of protests across the country, and set him on course for a showdown with Egypt’s judges.

Sherif El Touny said, "The presidential team insists that the temporary action is saving the uprising and aims to meet its goals, but the latest clashes and casualties are raising fears another round of violence would flare up in the country."

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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