CAIRO — Several thousand women demanding the end of military rule
marched through downtown Cairo on Tuesday evening in an extraordinary
expression of anger over images of soldiers beating, stripping and
kicking female demonstrators in Tahrir Square.
“Drag me, strip me, my brothers’ blood will cover me!” they chanted.
“Where is the field marshal?” they demanded of the top military officer,
Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi. “The girls of Egypt
Historians called the event the biggest women’s demonstration in modern
Egyptian history, the most significant since a 1919 march against
British colonialism inaugurated women’s activism here, and a rarity in
the Arab world. It also added a new and unexpected wave of protesters
opposing the ruling military council’s efforts to retain power and its
tactics for suppressing public discontent.
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