World Bulletin/News Desk
Shortly before succumbing to his injuries, Mahmoud Marzouk, a pro-democracy protester, entrusted his father with his dying wish.
"My son's last words were, 'Don't let anyone who mandated al-Sisi join my funeral," the grieving father told Anadolu Agency, in reference to a popular mandate military chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi urged people to give him to "confront violence and terrorism" after ousting elected president Mohamed Morsi on July 3.
Marzouk, who hails from the Suez Canal province of Suez, sustained serious injuries in the head after being shot during demonstrations organized by pro-democracy activists on October 6 to protest the overthrow of Morsi.
The protests – which were held on the same day Egypt was celebration the 40th anniversary of its 1973 victory over Israel - were called by the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy to denounce what it calls a "military coup" against the country's first freely-elected president.
Over 50 people were killed and 270 others injured in clashes with security forces nationwide, according to the Egyptian Health Ministry.
Marzouk succumbed to his life-threatening injuries last Saturday.
The army-installed administration accuses pro-democracy activists of committing "violence and terrorism," an accusation refuted by the activists who insist they are only exercising their right to peaceful protests.
"The family was keen on respecting Marzouk's will and make that clear to all people who were in the mosque performing the funeral prayers before his burial ceremony," said the father.Last Mod: 20 Ekim 2013, 13:06