Video shows Egyptian police beating naked protester
Sunday, February 03, 2013 - 01:22
Feb. 3 - An Egyptian television channel broadcasts a graphic video of Egyptian riot police beating a naked protester in Cairo. Travis Brecher reports.
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WARNING - VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT
Disturbing video footage shows Egyptian security forces beating a naked protester outside Egypt's presidential palace in Cairo on Friday.
But here, in a police hospital, the man claims it wasn't the police who assaulted him - he says it was anti-government demonstrators.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) 48-YEAR-OLD PROTESTER HAMADA SABER, SAYING:
"They took my clothes off", he says, "Maybe they were looking for money in my pockets. Then someone among them shouted 'he is not a soldier, he is an old man and you are going to kill him'. The soldiers ran towards me. I was afraid of them, but they were saying "We will not beat you".
But the video clearly contradicts his words, and many - including his own daughter - believe the statement may have been forced under police threats.
The incident comes after nearly 60 people have already been killed in over a week of violent clashes across Egypt.
It's is an unmistakable reminder of the beating of a woman by riot police in Tahrir Square in December 2011.
Images of her being dragged and stomped on became a rallying symbol for the revolution, and undermined the interim military rulers who held power between Hosni Mubarak's fall and President Mohamed Mursi's rise to power.
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