UNFAZED by TV cameras, Egyptian troops have brutalised protesters in a bid to crush opposition to miliatry rule in nearly 48 hours of continuous fighting in Egypt's capital that has left more than 300 injured and nine dead.
They pulled women across the pavement by their hair, knocked off their Muslim headscarves and kicked young activists in the head until they lay motionless in Cairo's Tahrir Square.
The clashes erupted on Friday overshadowing the count from the second phase of the first parliamentary elections since president Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February.
Demonstrators hurled stones and pieces of metal over a concrete wall erected by troops on a wide avenue leading from Tahrir Square to the seat of government.
Outrage flared yesterday as furious protesters brandished the front page of a local paper showing military police clubbing a veiled woman after having ripped her clothes to reveal her bra.