Egypt hunger strikers face medical concerns, one in coma

CAIRO: One of the four protesters on hunger strike in Cairo’s Tahrir Square sit-in ended their strike late Monday night after being transported to a local hospital, a medical source said. Abdel Rahman Mabrouk, 24, a student, arrived at al-Monira general hospital Monday and the medical team there convinced him to end his strike in order to protect his health.

The remaining three protesters remain under medical supervision and one is in critical condition.

One of the protesters, who was admitted into the hospital on July 12, has gone into a diabetic coma and the other two are in near critical condition, the state-run MENA Agency reported.

The protesters committed themselves to a hunger strike in order to pressure the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to adhere to their demands of a speedy trial of the officers who are accused of opening fire on protesters during the 18 days of popular uprising that started on January 25 and brought an end to President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule.

Protests and sit-in continue across Egypt, centering on Tahrir, with protesters refusing to put an end to the demonstration even after the recent Cabinet reshuffle. Protests, in support of the revolution’s demands of cleansing the political sphere of Mubarak’s aides and a speedy public trial for him and for former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly remain on the top of their lists.

The sit-ins are not exclusive to Cairo, but remain somewhat strong in Alexandria, Tanta, Port Said and Aswan, in solidarity with those of Tahrir.


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