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Bains reports: "Shocking images revealing the brutality of Egypt's armed forces in quelling protests caused outrage around the world yesterday. In a video broadcast on the internet, security forces dressed in riot gear are seen chasing a woman and beating her to the ground with metal bars before stripping her and kicking her repeatedly. One soldier stamps his foot hard on her chest. Other images showed women beaten unconscious."

Egyptian army soldiers drag a helpless woman on the ground, kicking her in the chest and ripping her clothes from her body, 12/18/11. (Photo: Reuters)
Egyptian army soldiers drag a helpless woman on the ground, kicking her in the chest and ripping her clothes from her body, 12/18/11. (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt's Day of Shame: Video Shows Women Beaten With Metal Poles

By Inderdeep Bains, Daily Mail UK

19 December 11


hocking images revealing the brutality of Egypt's armed forces in quelling protests caused outrage around the world yesterday.

In a video broadcast on the internet, security forces dressed in riot gear are seen chasing a woman and beating her to the ground with metal bars before stripping her and kicking her repeatedly. One soldier stamps his foot hard on her chest.

Other images showed women beaten unconscious.

egypt woman beaten protest

egypt woman beaten protest

After being viciously beaten by the ten-strong mob, the woman lies helplessly on the ground as her shirt is ripped from her body and a man kicks her with full force in her exposed chest.

Moments earlier she had been struck countless times in the head and body with metal batons, not content with the brutal beating delivered by his fellow soldier, one man stamped on her head repeatedly.

She feebly tried to shield her head from the relentless blows with her hands.

But she was knocked unconscious in the shameful attack and left lying motionless as the military men mindlessly continued to beat her limp and half-naked body.

Before she was set upon by the guards, three men appeared to carry her as they tried to flee the approaching military.

But they were too slow and the soldiers caught up with them, capturing the women and knocking one of the men to the ground.

The two other men were forced to abandoned their fellow protestors and continued running, looking helplessly back at the two they left behind being relentlessly attacked as they lay on the ground.

egypt woman beaten protest

egypt woman beaten protest

egypt woman beaten protest

This is just one of the hundreds of shameful injustices seen in Cairo's Tahrir Square where Egypt's military took a dramatically heavy hand on Saturday to crush protests against its rule.

Clashes with security forces continued for a third day yesterday near Egypt's parliament. Soldiers erected huge concrete barricades, but an exchange of stones and firebombs continued. The army also used water tanks to spray the crowd and fired gun shots in the air.

At least ten have been killed in the violence, including two children aged 12 and 13. Two died after their skulls were fractured by stones thrown during the battles and at least six were shot dead, despite army and government claims that no live fire was being used.

In Tahrir Square,  centre of the violence, demonstrators demanding an end to military rule have been camped out for the last few weeks. A 14-year-old girl pushed back her headscarf  to reveal a bloodied bandage. She was struck on the head by a stone thrown by a soldier on a rooftop.

Her mother said they had come every day to protest against the brutal methods of the military council which has controlled the country since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted following mass street protests last February. 'There is no justice in Egypt any more,' she said.

Aya Emad said that troops dragged her by her headscarf and hair into the Cabinet headquarters. The 24-year-old said soldiers kicked her on the ground, an officer shocked her with an electrical prod and another slapped her on the face, leaving her nose broken and her arm in a sling.

egypt woman beaten protest

egypt woman beaten protest

egypt woman beaten protest

Mona Seif, an activist who was briefly detained Friday, said she saw an officer repeatedly slapping a detained old woman in the face.

'It was a humiliating scene,' Seif told the private TV network Al-Nahar. 'I have never seen this in my life.'

In Bahrain a similar pictured was emerging with a video clip showing a female human rights activist being hit by a policewoman during clashes between police and anti-government protestors.

Police fired teargas to break up a demonstration by several hundred people on the outskirts of the capital, Manama where several women staged a sit-in protest trying to block a main road.

After nearly 48 hours of continuous fighting in Egypt's capital more than 300 were left injured and nine dead, many of them shot dead.

The most sustained crackdown yet is likely a sign that the generals who took power after the February ouster of Hosni Mubarak are confident that the Egyptian public is on its side after two rounds of widely acclaimed parliament elections, that Islamist parties winning the vote will stay out of the fight while pro-democracy protesters become more isolated.

Still, the generals risk turning more Egyptians against them, especially from outrage over the abuse of women.

'Do they think this is manly?' Toqa Nosseir, a 19-year old student, said of the attacks on women. 'Where is the dignity?'

egypt woman beaten protest

egypt woman beaten protest

Nosseir joined the protest over her parents' objections because she couldn't tolerate the clashes she had seen.

'No one can approve or accept what is happening here,' she said.

'The military council wants to silence all criticism. They want to hold on power ... I will not accept this humiliation just for the sake of stability.'

Nearby in Tahrir, protesters held up newspapers with the image of the half-stripped woman on the front page to passing cars, shouting sarcastically, 'This is the army that is protecting us!'

'Are you not ashamed?' leading reform figure and Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei posted on Twitter in an address to the ruling military council.

Egypt's new, military-appointed interim prime minister defended the military, denying it shot protesters. He said gunshot deaths were caused by other attackers he didn't identify.

He accused the protesters of being 'anti-revolution.'

The main street between Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the anti-Mubarak protests, and the parliament and Cabinet buildings where the clashes began early the previous morning looked like a war zone on Saturday.

Military police on rooftops pelting protesters below with stones and firebombs and launched truncheon-swinging assaults to drive the crowds back.

Young activists put helmets or buckets on their heads or grabbed sheets of concrete and even satellite dishes as protection against the stones hailing down from the roofs.

The streets were strewn with chunks of concrete, stones ,broken glass, burned furniture and peddlers' carts as clashes continued to rage after nightfall Saturday.

egypt woman beaten protest

The clashes began early on Friday with a military assault on a 3-week-old sit-in outside the Cabinet building by protesters demanding the military hand over power immediately to civilians.

More than a week of heavy fighting erupted in November, leaving more than 40 dead - but that was largely between police and protesters, with the military keeping a low profile.

In the afternoon, military police charged into Tahrir, swinging truncheons and long sticks, briefly chasing out protesters and setting fire to their tents.

They trashed a field hospital set up by protesters, swept into buildings where television crews were filming and briefly detained journalists. They tossed the camera and equipment of an Al-Jazeera TV crew off the balcony of a building.

A journalist who was briefly detained told The Associated Press that he was beaten up with sticks and fists while being led to into the parliament building. Inside, he saw a group of detained young men and one woman.

Each was surrounded by six or seven soldiers beating him or her with sticks or steel bars or giving electrical shocks with prods.

'Blood covered the floor, and an officer was telling the soldiers to wipe the blood,' said the journalist.

As night fell in Tahrir, clashes continued around a concrete wall that the military erected to block the avenue from Tahrir to parliament.

In Bahrain, Zainab al-Khawaja, 27, was arrested and dragged across the floor by her handcuffs after police fired teargas to break up a demonstration by several hundred people on the outskirts of the capital, Manama.

Ms al-Khawaja and several other women staged a sit-in protest trying to block a main road. The other women fled the scene but Ms al-Khawaja refused.

Riot police fired tear-gas at the women, with dozens requiring hospital treatment after the incident.

A report by a panel of human rights experts in November found that Bahraini security forces had used excessive forces and carried out the systematic abuse of prisoners, including torture, when the regime sent in troops to crush the uprising in March. your social media marketing partner


+65 # Barbara K 2011-12-19 15:21
What Pansyasses that call themselves men. Women know men are stronger, they don't have to prove it. These guys have the guts to think they are men? Shame on them.
+22 # barkingcarpet 2011-12-19 18:21
Shame on all of us. We, who go along with it all, as long as we can have our T.V's and Malls.

It is all us folks. We ARE the power, and education is everything.
+86 # George Kennedy 2011-12-19 15:38
Egypt costs the US taxpayer over a billion dollars annually because it is supposed to represent stability in a volatile region. Is it not time we reassessed the value of the authoritarian regimes we prop up in the name of peace and stability? There is a generation of Egyptian arising that will hold us accountable for supporting the very regimes that deny them a future.
+26 # RLF 2011-12-20 06:02
Watch the are watching the future of the United States. Our police are just as brutal and will show it soon.
+68 # Billy Bob 2011-12-19 15:43
This is why many protesters have their cameras confiscated in the U.S.
+71 # Billy Bob 2011-12-19 15:44
Also, I wonder who sold them that riot gear. Oh yeah, nevermind.
+24 # Felix Julian 2011-12-19 19:23
Quoting Billy Bob:
Also, I wonder who sold them that riot gear. Oh yeah, nevermind.

Well, there have been photos published of protesters in Tahrir Square holding spent tear gas canisters that say Made in the USA.
+29 # Billy Bob 2011-12-19 20:22
Doesn't that make ya feel proud? We may be moving all of our major manufacturing jobs overseas, and we may be spending billions in American tax dollars to help Fortune 500 companies do just that, but isn't it nice to know that "MADE IN THE USA" still means something? Isn't it nice to know that the boot of worldwide fascism has a good 'ole American sole?
+5 # maveet 2011-12-20 17:07
eloquent, BB. thx.
+65 # tonenotvolume 2011-12-19 15:59
This could easily happen in the US if we allow it. Pepper spray to beatings to rubber bullets to gunshots would be too easy for some of the police seen in Occupy videos. Then, what's to stop retaliation from spiraling out of control resulting in deaths; usually the protestors. This video is horrifying in its brutality, especially because women are targeted. In the US, it will be anyone protesting the 1%.
+22 # 2011-12-19 16:38
Why isn't OBAMA stopping this violence against women in EGYPT? The US government used to care and intervene.

Tonenotvolume: You express the outrage of all of us against brutality and the fear that it will occur in the US.

The time to stop this horror is now!!!

Billy Bob asks the underlying question that is most shocking: "Who sold them that riot gear?" We know and this police state action needs to stop. We need to confront those giving the orders to violate these poor women and hold them accountable!
+40 # Buddha 2011-12-19 17:06
Could? Those beatings and tearing down of the encampment medical tents didn't look any different to me than what I've seen happen in American cities as our own government has cracked down on protest. And does anybody think this kind of militancy isn't on the rise, as our government just got rid of our Rights to due process? Now our military can arrest and indefinitely detain American citizens arrested on American soil simply for "suspicion" of "supporting" "terrorism".
+35 # John Locke 2011-12-19 17:11
Yes and our government will also use the military against us. The military in egypt doesn't want to give up power, they traded one tyrant for another. I know what Gabdhi said, but after viewing this video, my feeling is that a good automatic weapon in the hands of the protestors would meet out justice... sorry but this must be addressed, where is the UN now? I bet we sold them the chemicals they are using against the protestors, we were behind their dictator, and now we are behing the military dictatorship. I fear their will be a world wide revolution and millions of good people will die before this is over!
+13 # 2011-12-19 19:10
Where is the UN now? Good question. You are right, John. It looks like the only way this can go is a world wide revolution. There must be something we can do or attempt to do...Evil will prevail when good men/women do nothing!
+2 # John Locke 2011-12-22 09:49
Our Youth are addressing the problem as best they can, while attempting to stay Non-Violent. But be assured the FB!, and federal intelligence agencies has inflitrated them as they always do. Legislation is now in place to take these kids and those of us who stand with them off the streets and into permenent confinement, "without trial, and without the right of Habeas Corpus"... they are leaving us, no other option, when peaceful demonstrations are victomized by the government, what is left? Desperate times make desperate people desperate...and the end result, a world wide revolution that will be more viollent that any we have ever seen!
+14 # vitobonespur 2011-12-19 19:51
IMHO, the "where" their equipment came from is not as important as weeding out these assholes who are instigating and carrying out the violence. They are the ones who need to be stopped. If the armaments hadn't come from the US, they would have come from someone else and the same carnage would be flooding the streets.

I'm thinking we need to impose financial sanctions, e.g. intercepting any funds that are going into Egypt, and blocking goods that are headed there. Other than showing their "machismo" are there any other reasons these bastards seem to be targeting women?

Maybe we should send in a company of biker-bitches to kick their collective asses.
+53 # DPM 2011-12-19 16:03
"Coming to an Occupy rally near you in 2012."
Sic Semper Tyrannis! Their tyrants and ours are the same type of people wearing different clothing and speaking different languages, but they are ALL the same!
Occupy! Occupy!! OCCUPY!!! Democracy Now for the WORLD'S 99%!
+14 # 2011-12-19 16:39
+30 # John Locke 2011-12-19 17:12
Does anyone still believe that a military of any country will not turn on their own people when ordered to do so?
+12 # Felix Julian 2011-12-19 19:24
Quoting DPM:
"Coming to an Occupy rally near you in 2012."
Sic Semper Tyrannis! Their tyrants and ours are the same type of people wearing different clothing and speaking different languages, but they are ALL the same!
Occupy! Occupy!! OCCUPY!!! Democracy Now for the WORLD'S 99%!

Trouble is- they are NOT wearing different clothing! Across the globe and in our own backyards, these "police" or whoever they are are all wearing the same basic gear.
+5 # Capn Canard 2011-12-20 09:59
Felix Julian, I would go a step further and say these people have the same beliefs, and it is very common god need not apply... they seem to think that violence will solve problems. When it is clear that it has the exact opposite effect and makes things worse. The only way that will change it would be a massive shift in consciousness, awareness.
+46 # DLT888 2011-12-19 16:04
How disgusting!!! These men are not human. They are misogynists - which means they are COWARDS! Stinking pathetic cowards! It's no better to beat fellow men like this either -- it is all cowardly to be so violent. And sick. Very very sick people are the 'cops' these days everywhere.
+9 # 2011-12-19 16:40
DLT888: whose giving these abusive cops orders?
+21 # corey 2011-12-19 16:26
U.S.-Backed Egyptian Military Killing Pro-Democracy Protesters
+19 # dyannne 2011-12-19 16:28
Shameful!!!! These police are thugs, criminals, and deserve prison. We should cut off all aid to Egypt immediately, until they are brought to justice.
+18 # lin96 2011-12-19 18:48
Look at what our Blackwater police did to that man in California who did nothing and was not armed. He was walking with a sign. We have the beginnings of the same brutal force here, and we have to stop it before it gets to where there's a video like this made in the USA.
+15 # Duderino 2011-12-19 16:34
Look at these little girls who call themselves men, beating up a defenseless woman. you are cowards, no you are worse than cowards, you are children. Shame on all of you. may Allah exact his revenge on you and your family.
+27 # bugbuster 2011-12-19 16:47
All US aid to Egypt should be halted immediately, and our diplomats should be "called home for consultations." Nothing short of this will be understood by the thugs that are running that bad country.
+12 # 2011-12-19 19:04
bugbuster: How do we get Obama to do this? How do we get him to see that as POTUS, taking action against violence in Egypt and on the homefront is much more important than his campaigning with empty promises. Stop talking about Human Rights glibly and rhetorically and do something about Human Rights. Wait a minute, I forgot...He just signed a bill by veto that champions whats going on Egypt and as John Locke
+17 # bugbuster 2011-12-19 16:53
The Egyptian army is a criminal gang.
+12 # Glen 2011-12-19 17:24
Are we not men? WE ARE DEVO.
+9 # Billy Bob 2011-12-19 18:06
The irony here is that you may have said that as a joke. Probably, you know what "Devo" stands for.

Are we not men?

Devo was right. We DO seem to be DE-evolving.
+4 # Glen 2011-12-20 08:25
I knew exactly what it meant and meant what I posted.

Having cleared that up, though, upon looking into history, one will find the brutal male has always dominated and required the defense of life and culture by those who are not brutal.
+21 # jon 2011-12-19 17:51
"A REAL man never takes advantage of a person in a weaker position than himself.

A real man lives to SERVE those in a weaker position than himself".

The cop at UC Davis with the pepper-spray, these cops in Tahrir Square, are most decidedly NOT real men.

They are sniveling COWARDS.

I would not want to meet my Maker in their shoes.
+11 # lin96 2011-12-19 18:44
These men are emotionally bankrupt cowards who can only compete with a woman by beating her. As you give so you will receive. Natural Law is the method by which the universe is operated. "If one assists in upholding a corrupt social system that takes from the weak and gives to the strong, he must expect these same conditions to exist when he returns as a weakling." These men have no conscience. Bad Karma.
+10 # 2011-12-19 18:56
I believe what JOHN LOCKE states in his comment about the military turning on US citizens. It is just as horrible to abuse and torture men as women which could happen here. Can we start and sign a petition to be sent to President Obama to stop this violence against women in Egypt and to stop funding them if they refuse.
+3 # John Locke 2011-12-22 09:55 Your intentions are noble and moral, but- Obama is not going to do anything to stop what is going on in Egypt, our country supports dictators because they control their people, George W. Bush made a comment himself that we need a dictatorship in America because we have too many rights, this is but an example of how our government works and thinks, we talk a good talk about Democracy, while supplying the dictators of the world with armaments to control their people...just look up the records of how many dictators we have and still suppoort financially, and tie that to the CIA.
+11 # animas 2011-12-19 19:08
US corporations (US government) is not interested in democracy in that region, it's interested in the oil and other resources in that region, and regimes that will play ball with them (you know the kind of ball where the CIA and other covert operators come in and prop up oppressive ruling veneers that our armed to the teeth and who brutally represses the people). And gee, then US corporations get all those resources real cheap! Pretty smart... and socio-pathic.

Yes, and we know where the Egyptian army is getting all those arms and all those gases!!

We're so screwed! This is coming our way too... just a matter of time. We have to face it with non-violence... let them kill us til that can't take it no more. We are dying anyway... our boat is going down. Corporations know no limits. On a race to the bottom we are... Breaks the heart!
+13 # Felix Julian 2011-12-19 19:21
Among the most disturbing of so many disturbing aspects of this incredibly base inhumanity and brutality is the hypocrisy exhibited by many Egyptian (specifically Muslim) male friends of mine who constantly crow about how Islam respects and reveres women and how much Muhammed (PBUH) loved and admired women. They speak of the holy Quran and its lesson of respectful treatment of women. These scenes are nauseating. I have many Egyptian friends- both male and female- and can assure that the women have far more courage and spine than their men. It's easy to beat the crap out of a 73-year old woman or any woman when you have metal poles and are allayed ten to one. Shame is putting it mildly. Sinful and disgraceful. The sexism in this nation is legendary and not soon to fade, I fear.
+13 # Billy Bob 2011-12-19 20:24
Too often, to the misogynist, "respect" for women is nothing but an excuse to keep them in their place.
+5 # Glen 2011-12-20 08:29
Exactly, Billy Bob. That neurosis is also historical and exposes men to their fears. Not just of women, but other men.

The first attacks during any putdown or war, is on women and children. Easy targets that demoralizes entire societies when violence is used against them.
+9 # angelfish 2011-12-19 19:56
They SURELY must be putting something in the water supply that turns, what were formerly, MEN, into SAVAGES! This is DISGRACEFUL and, if possible, the guilty parties should be brought to Justice! WHEN does it END? Will it EVER End? Man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn! Sadly, just as many countless thousands rejoice. WHEN will we EVER learn, WHEN will we EVER learn?
+6 # colvictoria 2011-12-19 20:01
Has anyone heard about AfriCOM? Obama being the Commander in Chief has made it his mission to establish military bases throughout the entire continent. The purpose? like others have stated is to dominate the region for precious metals and oil. Look at what is happening in the Congo where the US (through US/Euro companies) extracts cobalt, uranium, copper and other important metals used in the development of weapons. The US needs these resources to keep the military industrial complex up and ready for perpetual war.
All of this for what? World Domination? the New World Order?
This is already happening here. We already have prisons with many political prisoners like Leonard Peletier, Mumia Abu Jamal, Bradley Manning and what of the 400,000 illegals (captured every year) held in massive FEMA camps where women are raped and people are humiliated and tortured? How many people are imprisoned in the US? Last I heard it was 2 million!
The only hope we have is US THE PEOPLE. Not Obama, Not Ron Paul, Not any of the Republicans.
Educate, Organize, Mobilize, Occupy
Libertad o Muerte!
+5 # RMDC 2011-12-20 15:51
colvictoria -- yes, I have been following the AfriCom story. Obama has sent special forces to about a half dozen African nations. The conquest of Africa could only have been started by a "son of Africa" as Qaddafi called him before Obama signed the death contract on Qaddafi.

The US is de-populating Somalia (i.e., ethnic cleansing and genocide) so that it can build its AfriCom headquarters on the horn of Africa. Obama is a traitor to his race. And a traitor to the people who worked to elect him -- including me. Let's hope he is defeated in 2012.
+3 # sharag 2011-12-20 01:04
Rise up against the Egyptian U.S. backed and trained military and throw them out. Everyone must see this brutality and reject it.
+6 # Dave_s Not Here 2011-12-20 03:33
Just wait. Scenes like this may be coming to the USA. Ignorant, mercenary thugs are the same everywhere... they'll take the money and do what they're told.
+5 # RMDC 2011-12-20 15:48
All of my respect and admiration go to these Egyptian freedom fighters. They are our heroes. There are such freedom fighters all over the Arab world -- Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon. They are opposed by the CIA and Israel through their captive governments.

But the US is losing. It had to pull out of Iraq in shame. Next it will leave Afghanistan in shame. Its policies in the Muslim world are just horrible and have been for a half century. But just maybe we are seeing the end of the US imperialism in the Middle East.
+5 # wrodwell 2011-12-20 18:00
Makes the NYPD look like Good Samaritans.
This is what takes place when militaries rule countries.
+2 # John Davidson 2011-12-21 08:26
Specific actions you can take:

Write to Ambassador Anne W. Patterson, recently arrived from Islamabad, confirmed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in July. Botn in 1949, a graduate of Wellesley College. Embassy contact details are at

You can copy the embassy's Office of Public Affairs: Office of Public Affairs, American Embassy
5 Tawfik Diab Street, Garden City, Cairo, Postal Code 11512
Tel: 2797-3124 – Fax 2797-3400 - E-mail:
0 # John Davidson 2011-12-21 08:27
Other actions you can take:

Write to thedailynewsegy, a very good local English-languag e newspaper to express your distress.
0 # John Davidson 2011-12-22 03:11
Still other actions (Congress):

Write to the members of Congress who represent you, in particular if they sit on the House Foreign Affairs Committee ( or the Senate Foreign Relations Committee ( On the home page for the House of Representatives , you can easily find out who your representative is if you know the zip + four of your voting address. The House home page will direct you to the US Postal Service site to determine this "plus four", or even the zip + four if you know only your street address for voting purposes.

If you are a U.S. citizen, when writing to your member(s) of Congress, always remember to mention this. If you are writing to a member of the House, remember to include your zip plus four because they check that out. (If you're not in the Congressperson' s district, you don't matter and your correspondence is discarded.)
0 # John Davidson 2011-12-22 03:20
It was Jimmy Carter who set up the $1 billion/year payout to the Egyptians, mainly used for equipment but also military forces training. You could write to the Carter Center to ask if this is how they intended the $1bn/year to be used:

Mailing Address:
The Carter Center
One Copenhill
453 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30307

(404) 420-5100 or (800) 550-3560


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