Egyptian Women Rally in Cairo

Following Hillary Clinton speech in US denouncing their treatment
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2011 1:27 PM CST
Hundreds of Egyptian women march at Cairo streets as they angered by the recent violence used against them in clashes between police and protesters in Cairo, Egypt Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

(Newser) – Hundreds of women took to the streets of Cairo today in a protest of violence against female protesters, and military rule in general, following a speech from Hillary Clinton denouncing much the same things, the Guardian reports. “Egyptian women are a red line,” they chanted. A few dozen men joined the protest in solidarity. The protest comes in the wake of a video showing Egyptian troops dragging a woman along the ground and then beating her.

Clinton denounced the violence toward women in stark terms in a speech at Georgetown today. “This systematic degradation of Egyptian women dishonors the revolution, disgraces the state and its uniform, and is not worthy of a great people,” she said, decrying a “deeply troubling pattern” of women being marginalized in decision-making, according to the Telegraph. The protest also followed a new spate of violence in Tahrir Square, as soldiers fired live rounds in their effort to clear out demonstrators. (Read more Egypt stories.)

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