Cambridge: vigil for Giulio Regeni to mark two years since his disappearance in Egypt


Amnesty International will hold a vigil for the murdered Cambridge University student Giulio Regeni this Thursday evening at 7.30pm to mark the two-year anniversary of his disappearance in Egypt. 

The event, to be held at 7.30pm outside the Church of St Mary the Great on King’s Parade in Cambridge, will include a minute’s silence at 7.41pm, the exact time of the last known communication with Mr Regeni before he was abducted in Egypt on 25 January 2016.

Coinciding with similar vigils set to take place in various locations across Italy on Thursday evening, the Cambridge event will bring together members of both the Cambridge City and Cambridge University groups, as well as undergraduates, postgraduates and academics from Cambridge University.

Some of the attendees will hold “Truth for Giulio” placards and a large “Truth for Giulio” banner.

Giulio Regeni was a 28-year-old PhD student at Girton College, Cambridge University, who was in Egypt researching trade unions when he went missing in Cairo on 25 January. His badly-mutilated body was found on the outskirts of Cairo on 3 February, one of many such grisly discoveries in Egypt in recent years. 

His family, friends and supporters continue to campaign for justice over the case, including by calling for all those responsible for abducting and murdering Mr Regeni to be held responsible, as well as those who may have blocked attempts to uncover the full circumstances of the student’s death. 

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