Patrick Zaki turns 30 today, a birthday which he will be forced to spend in his cell.
On 2 June, in fact, the Egyptian court extended his detention for another 45 days.
It's the second birthday behind bars.
Bologna, which on 11 January conferred honorary citizenship on the Egyptian student of the European master in gender studies 'Gemma' of the University, continues to ask for his release.
Unibo, which on 9 February 2020, two days after the boy's arrest, had set up a crisis unit to solve the case, participates in two initiatives: both dedicated to art, creativity and commitment to the defense of freedom of speech and expression. In the afternoon, the 'Patrick patrimony of humanity' exhibition will be inaugurated at Porta Zaragoza. A parade 1,500 meters long, up to the Meloncello arch, where 50 banners will be posted, created by the cartoonist and activist Gianluca Costantini, dedicated to the stories of prisoners of conscience deprived of their liberty in 13 different countries.
The mayor Virginio Merola, the councilor for Culture Matteo Lepore, the coordinator of the 'Gemma' master, Rita Monticelli, the vice-rector of Unibo, Mirko Degli Esposti, the spokesperson of Amnesty International Italia, Riccado Noury and Mattia Santori of the 6000 movement will participate. sardines. On June 30, however, the book 'A carte carte' will be published: a work dedicated to Patrick created by the students of the master's degree in paper and digital publishing at Unibo. The work, which will be available for purchase on the website of the Bononia University Press publishing house, collects twenty-two interviews with as many Italian writers and writers. From Giuseppe Culicchia to Helena Janeczek, from Antonio Scurati to Simona Vinci. A literary journey which, as the University of Bologna recalls, wants to "help keep thefocus on the case of the Egyptian student, reaffirming the strength of freedom of opinion ".
The city has strongly supported, from the first days after the arrest, the request for the student's release. In fact, at the march of February 17, 2020, five thousand people took to the streets to show solidarity and ask for their release. The petition on change.org, launched on February 8, 2020, asking the government to grant Italian citizenship to Zaki 'for special merits', has reached 269,000 signatures. One of the most signed petitions on the platform. Moreover, yesterday the network of activists 'Patrick Libero' shared a post on Facebook in which the student's words in Arabic are reported. It is an audio recorded before detention, in which the student reflects on the gender-based violence that pervades society. A voice that comes from afar,but that remembers his will to cling to life and to continue to imagine a different future. Freedom of expression also means this.