Women march on Tahrir


Cairo never sleeps. You can order a pizza delivery at any time: at night or early in the morning. It is just like Moscow that does not sleep either. In Moscow you can have a haircut at 2 am if you want to. Protesters in Cairo don’t sleep either; protests are in a non-stop mode right now: whenever you switch on the TV you will see reports about it.

The shocking story of a veiled woman being undressed on the streets of the city by the local policemen still terrifies the nation. I cannot even imagine how this girl feels: everyone is attacking her trying to get an interview. I cannot imagine how it feels to be veiled and publicly humiliated. What happened to her is just beyond any understanding and is simply outrageous.

These scary images were spread virally across the world.

However, women of this country are not scared, they are not afraid to stand up for themselves by marching through Tahrir square. Thousands of them showed support for this girl who suffered this humiliation. It was clearly the biggest protest that women organized in Egypt, they openly declared their position and demanded the military to stop such abusive actions. Well it seems that military council simply ignored them; moreover it might be their new tactics to portray women-protesters as some sort of a disgrace.
Women with different background and economic standing were all united at this protest. Religion views, age and clothing styles did not matter at all.

You can see more images here and here.

Here is another video showing multiple cases of police brutality. A woman who made this video was trapped in her car on Tahrir square and was hiding in the car during the protest. Policemen are very well aware that a mobile camera could cause a lot of harm, therefore they were extremely aggressive with people trying to film the events, not to mention they destroyed all the professional cameras set on the surrounding buildings.

Those images became known due to the wide usage of the mobile cameras and social networking. It is impossible to imagine such a broad public discontent, let’s say, a hundred years ago – people simply would not know what happened.


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