World Bulletin/News Desk
Egyptian authorities are preparing the grounds of the iconic Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo to host the country's first memorial to victims who had fallen countrywide in and since the 2011 January 25 revolution, which ended the 30-year autocracy of former president Hosni Mubarak.
"Tahrir Square is the symbol of the Egyptian revolution," Abu Bakr al-Sayed, the engineer in charge of preparing the site for the memorial, told Anadolu Agency on Sunday.
"It is the place where Egyptians with all political affiliations sacrificed their lives so that their compatriots can live in freedom," he added.
His people have been working tooth and nail to complete their assignment, which only began Friday, by today's afternoon.
Interim Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi is reportedly going to lay the foundation stone of the memorial on Monday.
He is expected to announce a tender for local and international designers to offer designs for the memorial.
Located in the middle of Tahrir Square, the site of the memorial is modeled upon a circle made of limestone.
A fence ascending from scratch stands at one side on the circle behind a square structure on which an epitaph is expected to be written.
Erecting a memorial to the revolution's victims has been a strong demand of revolutionaries and ordinary Egyptians since 2011.
More than 800 Egyptians were killed and thousands injured during the 18-day popular uprising that erupted against Mubarak's regime in early 2011.
More Egyptians have been killed and injured in violence that has engulfed the Arab country since then.
Hundreds of other Egyptians were killed when security forces used force to disperse two protest camps by supporters of ousted president Morsi on August 14. The toll includes scores of policemen.
Egyptians will mark on Tuesday the second anniversary of bloody clashes that erupted between policemen and demonstrators on Mohamed Mahmoud Street, a few meters away from where the new memorial will be erected.
More than 40 people were killed in the clashes, while scores of other people were seriously injured.
Al-Sayed insisted that the Tahrir memorial will be for all victims with no discrimination or bias.
This, however, is strongly doubted by Morsi supporters who cite official statements that usually refer to them as "rioters", "law-breakers" or "terrorists."Last Mod: 17 Kasım 2013, 15:38