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Nasser Nasser, Associated Press
Egyptian women angered by the recent violence used against them in clashes between army soldiers and protesters, one carrying a poster that reads in Arabic "Down with military rule, Military are liars and We will cut your hand" chant anti military slogans during rally that ended in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. Egypt's ruling generals are coming under mounting criticism at home and abroad for the military's use of excessive force against unarmed protesters, including women, as they try to crush the pro-democracy movement calling for their ouster.

CAIRO — Thousands of Egyptian women have taken to the streets of Cairo in a mass demonstration against the military's brutality against women during a crackdown on protesters that shocked many in the largely conservative society.

Ringed by a protective chain of male protesters, women from different social classes and religious background gathered in Tahrir Square Tuesday and marched through the streets of Cairo. Many carried signs with images of soldiers dragging protesters by the hair and kicking and stomping on them on the ground. One image was particularly shocking, showing a veiled woman who had been partially stripped by soldiers who dragged and beat her on the ground.

"They say they are here to protect us, but they are stripping us naked," the chants echoed through the streets of Cairo.