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Activist’s death drives new wave of anger in Egypt

Christians displayed the shirt worn by slain activist Mina Daniel and a picture of him, during a vigil this month outside St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo for those killed in protests. Christians displayed the shirt worn by slain activist Mina Daniel and a picture of him, during a vigil this month outside St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo for those killed in protests. (Associated Press)
By Leila Fadel
Washington Post / October 23, 2011

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Mina Daniel, a 20-year-old Coptic Christian, protested for more than a year against poverty, human rights abuses, and discrimination. He became one of the young leaders of the revolution that toppled Egypt’s president in February. His revolutionary spirit prompted him to grow a beard like Argentine Marxist icon Che Guevara. On Oct. 9, the 44th anniversary of Guevara’s death, Daniel was facing Egyptian security forces in downtown Cairo when he died like his hero, a bullet apparently fired by a soldier piercing his chest.

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