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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Egypt's Day of Shame

The Daily Mail reports (warning - the original article has many very shocking images of violence against women):

The brave women of the Middle East: Female protesters brutally beaten with metal poles as vicious soldiers drag girls through streets by their hair in day of shame

After being viciously beaten by a 10-strong mob of Egyptian male soldiers, this 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.

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.

Hat tip: Memeorandum.

Violence, sexism, and shame. This is the work of a government-- that institution that so many trust to be so compassionate. Instead, never be surprised when its agents act like a band of lawless thugs and violent miscreants.

This post is mis-titled and the popular name for "Egypt's Day of Shame" is a misnomer. This was in many ways, Egypt's Day of Pride, a day when its people stood so boldly and courageously against such horrific violence-- especially that directed at its women. To call this Egypt's Day of Shame implies that this government is legitimate and that this government is synonymous with the Egyptian people. It is clearly neither.

Shame on the band of thugs ruling Egypt! Many lauds and my deepest sympathy for the brave Egyptian men and women who stand against it!

Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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