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Egyptians Protest Against Military Violence, Mistreatment of Women


In unison … Egyptian women march through the streets of Cairo to object to the army's mistreatment of female protesters. (Photo: AP)

Al-Jazeera reports:

Thousands of people filled the streets of the Egyptian capital in protest against the beating of female protesters by the ruling military during clashes in and around the city's Tahrir Square.

Female activists had called for Tuesday's demonstration to denounce the attacks on women and call for an immediate end to violence against protesters.

The rally came hours after Egyptian security forces clashed with demonstrators in the capital on the fifth day of fighting that has left 14 people dead and more than 900 others injured since Friday.

Amro Hassan, from the Sydney Morning Herald, reported thousands of women marched as they chanted "'Egyptian girls are a red line,' [as] male protesters formed a protective line around them. 'Down with the military rule!'"

Juan Cole notes that the outrage was not contained to Cairo. "Women rallied all over Egypt, according to the Arabic press. A march was held in Alexandria in solidarity with with the young women who were attacked by police in Tahrir Square and insisting that women have the right to demonstrate."

Video from Al-Jazeera:

A Calmer Wednesay

Egyptians headed back to voting booths on Wednesday as a more general calm took hold. Reports Reuters:

Nine provinces, mostly outside the capital, were holding run-off votes on Wednesday and Thursday in the election that is being held over six weeks and ends on January 11.

The ruling army council, which took over from Mubarak, has said it will not let the transition be derailed and has pledged to hand power to an elected president by July. But protesters in the square want the army to return to barracks far sooner.

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