Egypt’s administrative court decided on Tuesday to recognise two protesters killed during the presidency of Mohammed Morsi as ‘martyrs’.
A case was submitted by the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR) on behalf of the families of Mohamed Gaber Salah and Mohamed Hussein. The two young men were known among activists as ‘Gika’ and ‘Kristy’, respectively.
Having the two protesters recognised as “revolution martyrs” allows their families to access a support fund designated for the families of those killed or injured since the 25 January Revolution.
Gika was killed in November 2012 on the first anniversary of the Mohammed Mahmoud Street clashes. A member of the April 6 Youth Movement, Gika died from a shotgun pellet to his head, allegedly discharged by a member of the security forces. Thousands marched across Cairo for his funeral and a representation of his face became widely reproduced on walls and t-shirts across the city.
Kristy was shot dead during clashes that occurred in February 2013 during protests against Morsi’s government outside the presidential palace.
In February, Cairo Governor Galal Mostafa Saeed announced that Gika and Kristy would be among the martyrs of the 25 January Revolution, and following events to be commemorated in the naming of streets and schools across Cairo.