CAIRO – Egypt's Cabinet has decided to rename a square where security forces broke up a pro-Islamist sit-in two years ago in honor of the country's chief prosecutor, who was assassinated last month.
The decision Wednesday names the square after Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat, who was killed on June 29 by a massive car bomb in Cairo. His death came a day before the second anniversary of mass protests against the rule of former Islamist President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, then defense minister, led the military overthrow of Morsi in July 2013.
A month later, on Aug. 14, 2013, hundreds of Brotherhood members and other Islamists protesting Morsi's overthrow were killed when security forces stormed their sit-in at that square, then known as Rabaah al-Adawiya.