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Three years on, wounds of Egypt's deadly sit-in dispersals linger

Many protesters who had participated in the Rabaa al-Adawiya Square sit-in continue to suffer emotionally and physically following the violent dispersal by the police on July 3, 2013.

“On this day three years ago, my 21-year-old sister was murdered in cold blood. I knew then that I no longer belong here.”

This bitter comment was published Aug. 14 by IT specialist B. Ibrahim, 28, in a private posting on social media shown to Al-Monitor. Ibrahim was referring to the day in 2013 when 817 protesters were brutally killed by security forces in a bloody dispersal of their encampment in Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in the northeast Cairo suburb of Nasr City.

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