1000s of Egypt women protest abuse

2011-12-20 22:06

Cairo - Thousands of Egyptian women have taken to the streets of Cairo in a mass demonstration against the military's brutality against women during a crackdown on protesters that shocked many in the largely conservative society.

Ringed by a protective chain of male protesters, women from different social classes and religious background gathered in Tahrir Square on Tuesday and marched through the streets of Cairo.

Many carried signs with images of soldiers dragging protesters by the hair and kicking and stomping on them on the ground.

One image was particularly shocking, showing a veiled woman who had been partially stripped by soldiers who dragged and beat her on the ground.

"They say they are here to protect us, but they are stripping us naked," the chants echoed through the streets of Cairo.