6 April members mourned the death of fellow member Sayed Abdallah, also known as Sayed Wezza, on Sunday evening with chants denouncing police violence and military rule and demanding the downfall of the regime.
Wezza died from a fatal gunshot wound in the chest in Sherif Street in Downtown Cairo during clashes between protesters and security forces on Saturday.
Families of the victims of violence that took place on the anniversary of the revolution waited at the morgue for the autopsy report before burying them. All the reports viewed by Daily News Egypt ascribed the cause of death to gunshots from the clashes in Alf Maskan, Mattariya and Downtown.
Wezza’s mourners then headed to Hilmeyet Al-Zaiytoun to hold the funeral service before burying the deceased in Sharqeya governorate.
Tens of Wezza’s friends took the metro to the Eastern Cairo suburb; the mourners stopped chanting while passing through Sayeda Zeinab neighborhood to avoid clashes with the residents of the area who had stuck the pictures of Minister of Defence Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on their shops. After the funeral chants were stopped in compliance to the will of Wezza’s family.
After the 25 January Revolution, the 6 April Youth Movement was briefly celebrated by the Egyptian media and credited as one of the driving forces behind the revolution. The group is now viewed as “traitors” and “a reason behind domestic disruption”.
Controversy has been stirred around the movement’s funding and training. A case was filed against the group calling on the judiciary to dissolve the movement and enlist it as a terrorist organisation.
The group satirised the case filed against it with a protest in front of the Administrative Court last November with wigs, balloons and water guns. The movement’s media coordinator had previously described the case as “a joke”, saying “if the court finds the movement guilty and should be classified as a terrorist group, then we would be the first terrorists to advocate non violent struggle.”
The Ministry of Interior’s press office had previously denied opening fire against protesters on the anniversary of the revolution, however the latest official death toll announced by the Ministry of Health for the day reached 49, while the latest count of detainees announced by the interior ministry reached 1079.