Thousands of Women Protest Army Violence in Egypt

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Egyptians gather for a protest in downtown Cairo to denounce the military's attacks on women and to call for an immediate end to the violence against protesters on December 20, 2011. (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

In what historians said was the largest demonstration by women in generations, thousands of Egyptian women marched Tuesday against their treatment by security forces. The fifth day of protests in Tahrir Square was sparked by footage of soldiers savagely beating a woman and tearing off her clothes at demonstrations over the weekend. Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces expressed regret over the incident, though suggested it was isolated. On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out against the Egyptian military's treatment of women, calling it "shocking."

Freelance journalist Noel King reports on the latest developments from Cairo.

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Comments [3]

listener

The Iranian women in the French feminist documentary in March, 1979 have no idea what misogynist torment is ahead of them and what awaits their male friends and family members in the brutal meat grinder of the Iran/Iraq War.

Their western "progressive" fair weather friends threw them to the mullah wolves in 1979 and abandoned them to their fate as they moved on to the next fashionable liberal cause. Tragically the same thing will probably happen in Egypt.

Dec. 21 2011 06:48 PM

I don't care about how Egyptian men are raised to behave - it must take a certain amount of disconnect in one's humanity to beat on someone who is physically weaker and poses no real threat. I mean most of these men grew up in the company of girls and women yet they can brutally beat them, displaying little or no restraint.

No one can tell me this is "societal or cultural" to that population. Beating up on those who are weaker shows the absence of society or culture. It's the way of life for maimed or rabid animals... and "little" men.

Dec. 21 2011 10:26 AM
listener

Surprised historians?

On March 7-11 1979 in Tehran, one month after the Ayatollah returned there were massive women's rights and feminist marches complete with Kate Millet in attendance in the streets of Iran.
Check out the video from 33 years ago. It is identical to the protest march in Cairo this week.
http://youtu.be/pxGYLk92edY

Too bad when female reporters and others were being attacked in Tahrir Square by protesters they did not get this kind of attention much like the assaults against women that happened at OWS which claims it was inspired by the Arab Spring.

After a pro-American ally is deposed to the cheers of progressives, it looks like history is trying to repeat itself in Egypt.
Will the same tragic mistakes be made again?

Dec. 21 2011 09:26 AM

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