Female Protester Dragged by Military Forces

December 18, 2011 . By

Ongoing clashes between protesters and security forces continued for the third consecutive day in Cairo, where the number of those wounded overall increased to 441. Originating as a peaceful sit-in, the level of violence quickly escalated as a crackdown by the security forces on protesters began. Further protests today were reportedly fueled by the “unofficial results from [the] second round of voting in parliamentary elections[, which] show the continued dominance of Islamist parties at the polls.”

Amidst ongoing protests against the military-led government, security forces attacked a young, abaya-clad woman, with video showing her being dragged and beaten before having her clothes torn off to reveal a blue bra. The footage of the “blue bra girl” would circulate on social media, and the image of the young woman being so violently treated by the security forces became a visual symbol of abuse of power by the Egyptian military.