Egyptian women rally against abuse by military
The videos of female Egyptian protestors being beaten and stripped by soldiers has many women taking to the street marching against the abuse.
Thousands of Egyptian women joined protests on the streets of central Cairo following international condemnation of violence between security forces and demonstrators that left at least 14 dead.
Crowds rallied in and around Tahrir Square late yesterday after images were shown of soldiers stripping and beating a female demonstrator during the clashes that began Dec. 16. Videos and photographs posted online and broadcast on private television stations showed troops dragging other demonstrators, hitting them with batons and stomping on them. A total of 850 people were injured, state television reported yesterday. Protesters said many of those killed had been shot.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon both condemned the violence, which occurred as troops and police tried on several occasions to disperse protesters demanding an immediate end to army rule. In a statement addressed to the nation's women late yesterday, the ruling military council expressed "deep regret" for "the transgressions that have taken place during recent events."
It appears that the military council is playing good cop, bad cop with the protestors. The bad cops chase and beat up demonstrators, abuse women, and have killed 14 so far, while the good cop - the military council - apologizes profusely and "regrets" what happened.
The council has its hands full with Islamists winning the elections and demanding they hand over power immediately. So far, the Muslim Brotherhood has not joined the demonstrations. But if they do, it could be a repeat of early this year when hundreds of thousands overthrew the Mubarak regime.