Fallen Heroes of the Democracy Revolution

Ahmed Basiony, a Cairo-born artist, experimental musician and teacher in his early thirties, was killed while participating in the first week of the January 25 uprising. Basiony is a husband and the father of two children, four-year-old Adam and several months year old Selma. He taught at the Art Education College at Helwan University, where he was pursuing his doctoral studies in the field of interactive arts and open source technology.

Early in his career as an artist, he received several prizes for his participation at the annual Youth Salon since 2001; he was the recipient of the Grand and Salon prizes in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Basiony exhibited his work, which spans multi-media, installation, performance and sound, in various spaces including the Gezira Art Center and the Townhouse gallery in Cairo, most recently participating in the shows Invisible Presence and Cairo Documenta. In his musical capacity, he was developing a strong personal language, experimenting with popular forms to produce a visceral, charged energy. He performed at festivals such as 100live, and with musician Abou Asala was working on an album with the label 100copies

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Sally Magdy Zahran

On 28 January 2011 (the Friday of Anger), when state security forces and hired thugs violently confronted pro-democracy protestors in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Sohag, 23-year-old Sally Magdy Zahran passed away after thugs beat her on the head with bludgeons. Zahran grew up in Cairo with her family and only lived in Sohag for four years, where she enrolled in the English department at the Faculty of Arts. Her father, a university professor, was recruited by the university in Sohag and her family still resides there. Upon completing her studies, Zahran moved back to Cairo and worked as a translator.
Since the protests started on 25 January, she was spending time with her family in Sohag and the Friday of Anger was the first day she took to the streets. “She felt it would be safe to join the protests at that point. So many others were going out on Friday,” said her friend Aly Sobhy. Zahran had no political affiliations and friends confirm that she was not an activist. She was a passionate young woman who was critical of living conditions in Egypt.

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Journalist Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud

Journalists, protesters and family members staged a funeral today for journalist Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud who died last Friday after being shot dead by a sniper on Saturday.

Mourners marched from the Journalists’ Syndicate to Tahrir Square holding an empty coffin. They prayed in Tahrir Square for “all the martyrs of the revolution,” circled the square holding the coffin, and called for “the fall of the killer.” Mahmoud, a journalist in Al-Ta’awon newspaper run by the Al-Ahram foundation and an independent distributor, was standing in the balcony of his office taping clashes between police and protesters in front of the ministry of interior when a plain clothed officer shot him in the eye.

“My husband was killed because he was videotaping things that the police didn't w’ant people to see,” said Mahmoud’s wife, journalist Inas Abdel Alim, claiming that officers shot unarmed protesters with live bullets.

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