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Women protesters march on Cairo

About 10,000 decry attack on demonstrator

By David D. Kirkpatrick
New York Times / December 21, 2011
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About 10,000 woman marched through downtown Cairo on Tuesday evening to call for the end of military rule in an extraordinary expression of anger over images of soldiers beating, stripping, and kicking a female demonstrator on the pavement of Tahrir Square. The event may have been the biggest women’s demonstration in Egypt’s history, and the most significant since a 1919 march led by pioneering Egyptian feminist Huda Shaarawi to protest British rule. The scale was stunning, and utterly unexpected in this strictly patriarchal society.

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