Egypt Fumes Over Beaten Protester

YouTube clip fuels anger as 14 killed since Friday
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2011 6:16 AM CST

(Newser) – Video showing Egyptian troops tearing a woman's clothing before beating her unconscious is sparking a new wave of anger in Egypt. The graphic YouTube clip, along with similar images, has helped fuel the latest protests, Australia's ABC News reports. Protesters, some holding copies of a newspaper whose front page bore images from the video, threw rocks and scrap metal over a military-erected barrier. AP puts the current death toll at 14, and reports that at least three people were killed after soldiers opened fire on protesters this morning.

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The YouTube video is one of several to have enraged the opposition in recent days: Another apparently features a soldier opening fire on protesters. The military is using online video to aid its cause, too, posting a clip of protesters raiding a government office. Meanwhile, a science institute created during Napoleon Bonaparte's 1798 trip to the country burned in what Egypt's culture minister declared "a catastrophe for science. The building contained important manuscripts and rare books which have no parallel in the world," he said. (Read more Egypt stories.)

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