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Platon photogrpher - Ahmed Seif Al Islam


Ahmed Seif Al Islam, 60, is a veteran Egyptian lawyer, activist and former political prisoner. Arrested and tortured by State Security Investigations officers in 1983 for his political activity, he served five years in prison. Founder of the Hisham Mubarak Law Centre, which since 2008 has been the leading Egyptian nongovernmental organization providing legal assistance to protesters. The Hisham Mubarak Law Centre monitored state violence during the 2011 protests, and became a gathering place for human rights activists during the revolution. Ahmed Seif was arrested by Military Intelligence with his staff at the height of the protests.
 

Platon photogrpher - Alaa Al Aswany


Alaa Al Aswany is an Egyptian writer born in 1957, author of acclaimed novel The Yacoubian Building. He was a founding member of the political opposition movement Kefaya (“Enough”). Al Aswany is an influential news columnist and also a practicing dentist. “I really do believe writing a good novel is much more important than being the president of Egypt.”



Platon photogrpher - Bloggers


Leading web activists, left to right: Mahmoud Salim, 29, is an irreverent Egyptian blogger, best known by his web nickname “Sandmonkey.” Salim was arrested and beaten but continued blogging and tweeting throughout the Tahrir street protests. Mona Seif, 25, is an Egyptian blogger and youth activist who participated in the Tahrir Square protests, she is the daughter of veteran activist and lawyer Ahmed Seif. Gigi Ibrahim, 24, is an Egyptian journalist, blogger and political activist. Hossam El-Hamalawy, 33, is a leading Egyptian labor rights advocate, blogger and journalist. All four web activists used their computers and cell phones to provide frequent updates during the demonstrations on the violence against protesters.

 
Platon photogrpher - Coalition  



Muslim-Christian unity youth organizers, left to right: Moaz Abdel Kareem, 28, is from the youth wing of the Muslim Brotherhood and participant in the Tahrir Square protests. Sally Moore, 33, is a psychiatrist, feminist, Coptic Christian youth leader. Mohammed Abbas, 26, is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s youth movement and a leader in Tahrir Square who worked with secular counterparts and the April 6 movement in planning protests. Mohammad Abbas and Sally Moore drafted a “birth certificate of a free Egypt” shortly after Mubarak’s resignation on February 11, 2011.


Platon photogrpher - Heba Morayef


Heba Morayef is the Cairo-based researcher for Human Rights Watch, covering Egypt. In the middle of the demonstrations and violence during the Tahrir protests, Morayef visited hospitals and morgues to document the civilian death toll from government attacks and sniper fire. This casualty figure became the indispensable count for global media as President Hosni Mubarak teetered in power.


Platon photogrpher - Hossam Bahgat


Hossam Bahgat, 31, is the director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, which he founded in 2002. His organization has litigated for cutting-edge rights issues including minority rights and personal freedoms. Recipient of Human Rights Watch’s 2010 Alison Des Forges Defender Award, Bahgat has long played a prominent role in exposing human rights violations in Egypt, including the government’s failure to prosecute sectarian violence against Coptic Christians.


Platon photogrpher - Labor Activists


The success of the Tahrir Square uprising was virtually guaranteed when union and labor activists brought hundreds of thousands of workers into the streets to join the protests. Labor and human rights organizers, left to right: Kamal Abass, 57, is a labor rights activist, director of the Center for Trade Unions and Workers Services. Kamal Aby Eita, 58, is a labor rights activist, president of the independent Union of Real Estate Tax Authority Employees—the first free union in Egypt. Khaled Ali, 40, is a human rights lawyer who founded the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights to document and defend labor rights, as well as other socio-economic rights. He won key cases against the Mubarak government on minimum wage and the illegal sale of state property.


Platon photogrpher - Laila Said


Laila Said with Wael Ghonim. Laila is the mother of 28-year old Khaled Said, whose torture and murder by Egyptian police on June 6, 2010, helped to spark the discontent that eventually led to the Tahrir Square protests and President Hosni Mubarak’s downfall. Speaking out about the murder of her son, Laila became known as the “Mother of Egypt” and as an emblem of the consequences of endemic police torture and impunity.


Platon photogrpher - Lotfy Family


Sama Lotfy, 2, Neama El Sayed, 26, Yassin Lotfy, 6 months, are the children and widow of a protester killed by Egyptian security forces during the Tahrir Square demonstrations.


Platon photogrpher - Muslim Brotherhood


Mohammed Abbas (left), key leader of the Muslim Brotherhood’s youth movement who worked closely with secular counterparts and the April 6 movement in planning and executing protests in Tahrir Square, and Moaz Abdel Kareem, Muslim Brotherhood youth organizer and participant in the Tahrir Square protests.

Platon photogrpher - Nawal El Saadawi


Dr. Nawal El Saadawi, 80, is an Egyptian writer, veteran women’s rights advocate, psychiatrist and author of more than forty fiction and non-fiction books, many of which address the persecution of Arab women. In 1981 she was imprisoned after being charged with “political offenses.” In 1982, she founded the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association. One of the earliest to report on the taboo topic of female genital mutilation, Dr. El Saadawi’s decades-long struggle for women’s rights and against FGM helped pave the way for the adoption of a historic 2008 law that banned the practice in Egypt

Platon photogrpher - Ramy Essam


Ramy Essam, 23, is a charismatic singer, guitarist and songwriter who became famous during the Tahrir Square protests as “The Singer of the Square.” Detained and tortured by the Egyptian military after President Hosni Mubarak fell, Ramy Essam has written an album of songs called, “The Square,” based on his experiences during and after the protests.


Platon photogrpher - Sarrah Abdel Rahman


Sarrah Abdel Rahman, 23, is a social media activist whose popular “Sarrah’s World” YouTube commentaries report from Tahrir Square. She aspires to be a television producer/journalist.
 
Platon photogrpher - Sondos Shabayek


Sondos Shabayek, 25, is a writer for independent Egyptian newspapers and magazines and a “citizen journalist” who participated in and tweeted the story of the Tahrir Square protests.
 
Platon photogrpher - Tahrir Square


On April 1, 2011, Egyptians returned to Tahrir Square in Cairo for a rally to “save the revolution” and protect their right to demonstrate.


 
Platon photogrpher - Wael Ghonim



Wael Ghonim, 30. Ghonim is a Google regional marketing executive who administered the “We Are All Khaled Said” Facebook page after the young Alexandria man’s brutal killing. Ghonim’s emotional and passionate appearance on Egyptian television after being detained for 12 days by the security police helped to energize the protest movement.






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