Egyptian Military Advisor: Protesters Should "Be Thrown Into Hitler’s Ovens"

Things are not looking good in Egypt--protesers are dying in the streets and the military is doubling down.

At least a dozen protesers have been killed in the past few days, and photos of women being beaten and dragged have been particularly shocking. And yet, from the authorities, only a stream of condemnation, denial and worse. From the NY Times:

"a general from Egypt’s ruling military council insisted on Monday that soldiers had not used force against peaceful protesters after a weekend of such attacks that were “witnessed by journalists, captured on video and broadcast across the Internet and on satellite television.”

But a still more baffling statement was made by a retired general who now serves as an adviser to the military government’s public relations department. In comments published by the Egyptian newspaper Al Shorouk on Monday, the adviser, Gen. Abdel Moneim Kato, said that the protesters who came under attack by soldiers were delinquents “who deserve to be thrown into Hitler’s ovens.”

The Guardian reports on today's "women's march:"

Hundreds of women have taken to the streets of Cairo to protest against military rule and the brutal treatment of female protesters by Egypt's security services.

The women rallied outside a government office complex on Tahrir Square – the scene of violent clashes earlier on Tuesday in which at least four demonstrators were shot dead by military police.

Dozens of men joined the demonstration out of sympathy with the women. They acted as a protective cordon and chanted: "Egyptian women are a red line." The protest came after soldiers made another violent attempt to evict protesters camped in the square, during the fifth day of bloody confrontation between the military and opponents of army rule.

The military's crackdown has prompted censure from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon among others.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at December 20, 2011, 6:25am

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