On 6 June 2010 Khaled entered an internet café in Alexandria. Two plain clothes detectives arrived, arrested him and dragged him outside. They took him across the road into a doorway and beat him to death within minutes. His crime was to video the police selling drugs.
His brother took a photograph of him as he lay in the morgue and put it on the internet. It caused a huge public outcry in Egypt and internationally. A Facebook page, We are all Khaled Said, was opened and attracted hundreds of thousand of followers. Human Rights Watch said the image showed ‘strong evidence that plainclothes security officers beat him in a vicious and public manner’. Khaled became an icon of the revolution.
The image of Khaled Said is not alone in the gallery of Egyptian martyrs, there are several hundred others to keep it company.
This piece is dedicated to all those who selflessly put their lives on the line fighting for the right of dignity and respect for all.