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Black Lives Matter protests in US spark mixed reactions in Egypt

Protests in the United States have drawn mixed reactions in Egypt, with government supporters and the media portraying them as anarchy and pro-democracy activists eyeing them with nostalgia and a sense of deja vu.

June 6 marked the 10th anniversary of the death in police custody of Khaled Said, a young activist who was beaten to death by policemen outside an internet cafe in Alexandria for posting a video showing police officers dividing the spoils from a drug bust.

Images of Said's battered face went viral after they were published on the Facebook page We are all Khaled Said, created by Egyptian activists to bring attention to police brutality and other human rights abuses under Hosni Mubarak's regime. The haunting images provoked outrage among Egyptian social media users, fueling discontent that some months later would escalate into a full-scale mass uprising, forcing Mubarak to step down.

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