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Egyptian Military Blames Violence on Protesters (Video)

Egyptian Military Blames Violence on Protesters (Video)
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Clashes between soldiers and protesters calling for the end of military rule by a council of generals have entered their third day with at least 12 dead and many hundreds detained. Among those killed is a 19-year-old; a 15-year-old, Ahmed Saad, is described as being in critical condition after receiving a gunshot wound. The SCAF has sought to pin the recent violence — which has marred Egypt’s first democratic elections, held on November 28 and December 12 — on the protesters. Retired general Abdel Moneim Kato, an army adviser, spoke harshly in the daily al-Sharouk about the burning of a government archive building:

“What is your feeling when you see Egypt and its history burn in front of you?… ”Yet you worry about a vagrant who should be burnt in Hitler’s incinerators.”

Former UN nuclear watchdog chief and possible presidential candidate Mohamed ElBaradei returned that Kato’s words showed “a deranged and criminal state of mind.” The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information also said Kato’s words incited “hatred and [justified] violence against citizens.”

Women Rally Against Abuse

Thousands of women took to the streets of downtown Cairo on Tuesday evening to protest the violence against female demonstrators by the military in recent clashes in Tahrir Square. The New York Times described the march as possibly the “biggest women’s demonstration in Egypt’s history” and indeed “the most significant since a 1919 march led by pioneering Egyptian feminist Huda Shaarawi to protest British rule.” Many protesters held up photographs of a female protester who was beaten, dragged on the ground and stripped to her bra by soldiers, an incident that has outraged Egyptians and horrified the world.

Women of all ages, some of whom had never joined a protest before, marched towards the headquarters of the journalists union. Two lines of hundreds of men formed on either side of the women. The crowd called on others to join with chants of “come down, come down,” echoing a phrase used during the massive protests earlier this year that brought down former President Hosni Mubarak.

Flyers proclaimed “Liars, stop the violence” and depicted a hand reaching out from a military uniform and groping a frowning woman, says the Guardian.

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5:31PM PST on Dec 22, 2011

Those silly Arab rabbits...thats the Ol' Geo Bush defense, after all, as he stated on may occasions, "they tried to kill my Dad."

Sure, the two of them are so estranged, I don't see that the two could be left in the same room for five minutes. One or the other would be pissing down the other legs and telling to other that it's raining. Repugnants are like that and all the while, the devil is over there in the corner, just laughing.

5:27PM PST on Dec 22, 2011

Those silly rabbits...thats the Ol' Geo Bush defense, after all, he tried to Dad. Sure, the two of them are so estranged, I don't that the two could be left in the same room for five minutes. One or the other would be pissing down the other legs and telling to other that it's raining.

6:07PM PST on Dec 21, 2011

Sorry, I do not think Egypt (or its women) will get real democracy as long as Islam is there.

6:07PM PST on Dec 21, 2011

Of course the military blame the protesters; this is a surprise? Looks like we celebrated a little too soon for Egypt's entry into democracy. But then, when democracy is also under threat in the 'free world', what can we expect?

For those of us who try and live the philosophy of 'freedom of choice' and the 'do as you would be done by' principle, there's still a long way to go and no place for complacency. We must support the people who embrace those principles within our OWN countries so we can walk the talk!

4:55PM PST on Dec 21, 2011

The conviction of Elizabeth Sadaditch -Wolff for stating a known truth is such a misscariage of justice,how can anyone be convicted for telling the truth?why and how do these people of Islam -Muslims influence and purvert the verdicts of courts of Law?what recourse does a person have if the Law is showing defference to a particular group of society,the -Law is imparial to any outside influences or it is corrupt.'
If the freedom of speech is taken away,then -dumb and -silent we may be led,like -sheep -to the slaughter-George Washington.

3:29PM PST on Dec 21, 2011

Women in Egypt are targeted for the same reasons that they are being targeted in other Islamic states - they are disaposeable! Because these bullies really believe that NO ONE will champion these women. The men who dared to take a stand to protect the protestors should be honored...the blessings of Allah upon them. They are the true believers, not these political bullies - Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, "Come down, come down..."

3:09PM PST on Dec 21, 2011

I agree with you Holly L., the protestors are being targeted just because they dare to make their voices heard and speak out against a cruel, autocratic, oppressive regime. This is just a form of victim blaming by those in power that can't and won't own up to their hatred and cruelty. Thanks Kristina.

2:33PM PST on Dec 21, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

2:33PM PST on Dec 21, 2011

@Luvenia,con't'd:

Sad day for free speech. If it can happen in Austria, it can happen here.

But Newt is a fool if he thinks that curtailing free speech will stop terrorism. It'll do here what it's doing in Eurabia: keep those who would point out the radicals or extremists quiet, while the radicals and extremists have free reign to do or say as they please.

2:30PM PST on Dec 21, 2011

@Luvenia,
"Former House speaker, Newt Gingrich, caused a stir by proposing that free speech may have to be curtailed in order to fight terrorism."

Well, the way it's being "curtailed", is Hillary C just was meeting with the OIC about resolution 16/18. This will basically mean you can't mention anything about a Mohammedan that they don't like you to say. Human rights violations? Shhhh, don't say the "M-word"! Terrorist attack complete with screams of "allahu akhbar!"? Shhh, don't say the "M-word". Interestingly, it does not propose similar protections for followers of other religions, just Mohammedans.

This is how a soldier can talk openly about how he supports jihad, then gun down fellow soldiers, yes, while screaming "allahu akhbar!" as he does it, and our own president says it's not a terrorist act, but "workplace violence". I'm pretty sure dying when a plane hits your building is now "workplace violence" too.

We're already doing this, and it'll only get worse. If you don't believe it, look at Elisabeth Sabaditch-Wolff in Austria. She said a known true fact about Mohammed. The courts didn't care that what she said was true. She was convicted because it bothered Mohammedans that she pointed out that he married a 6 year old when he was 51, and consummated it at her age 9 and his 54. Mohammedan sources support that as true. The guilty verdict (guilty of troubling Mohammedans' oh-so-delicate sensitivities, I guess) was upheld on appeal.

Sad day for free speech. If

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