A graphic video and photos over the weekend of an Egyptian woman being stripped and beaten by government soldiers have sparked outrage in Egypt and internationally.
At the beginning of the video, a horde of soldiers can be seen chasing a group of protesters. Among the protesters, a group of three men appeared to be trying to carry away a woman. However, one of the men and the woman fell.
When the soldiers overtook them, they began to savagely beat the fallen man and the woman. The woman was stripped in the process. One soldier could be clearly seen trying to either strip her further or drag her away by her garment.
Arab affairs commentator Sultan Al Qassemi claimed that Ahmed Almasry, a photographer who took the photo below, said he is now being accused of distorting the images of Egypt.
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(Photo from Ahmed Almasry)
(Photo from Ali Hagras)
Web site AlmasryAlyoum also claimed local human rights groups have accused the Egyptian military of systematically targeting female political activists.
Twitter has been abuzz with reactions to the disturbing photos and video.
This is what 'the best soldiers on Earth' are reduced to. Stripping & stomping on a veiled woman in the street in #Egypt, tweeted one person.
Since the overthrow of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt has been ruled by Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). Increasingly, SCAF has been accused of perpetrating the same kind of oppression and abuse seen under Mubarak's regime.