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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