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Egyptian Military Adviser Calls Attack on Woman Justified

NY Times [1]
December 23, 2011

An adviser to Egypt’s military rulers said in a newspaper interview published on Thursday that a brutal attack on a female protester by Egyptian soldiers on Saturday was justified because the woman had insulted the army.

Thousands of Egyptian women took to the streets of Cairo [2] this week to protest the beating of the woman, whose black abaya was stripped back to reveal her underwear during the attack.

Asked about video [3] and photographs [4] of soldiers hitting and kicking the woman, Gen. Abdel Moneim Kato, a retired officer who advises the ruling military council in Cairo, told the Arabic-language newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat [5] that the female activist “had been insulting the army through a megaphone” before she was stripped and beaten.

That justification for the brutal beating comes eight months after the generals put in power by President Hosni Mubarak sentenced another activist [6], Maikel Nabil, to three years in prison for “insulting the armed forces” on Facebook.

Full article here [1]