Gamal Siam, a Cairo University professor, talks during an interview with Reuters next to a picture of his deceased his son Sherif in Cairo August 10, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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Egyptian police arrested 29-year-old Sherif Siam while clearing a Cairo protest camp one year ago. Four days later, he and 36 others suffocated in a packed police van on the way to jail. One year since Egyptian security forces stormed two Cairo camps, killing hundreds of protesters demanding the reinstatement of elected Islamist President Mohammad Morsi, Egyptians remain deeply divided over the future of their country.The crackdown on Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood has knocked the group from dominance and driven it underground, while the general who ousted the elected leader following protests against his rule is now president himself. But for the families of the dead, the long wait for justice has left an abiding appetite for revenge on both sides of the political divide that could yet undermine the stability that Egypt's new ruler, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, hopes will restore investor confidence and shore up a flagging economy. For the mother of policeman Abdel Aziz, security forces were doing what they had to for Egypt.The parents of Siam, who was at the other protest, said their son went to help the wounded on the day of its dispersal.
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