Kifaya men were dragged into the crowds of Mubarak supporters, beaten badly about the face and kicked repeatedly when they fell to the ground. In one instance, Kifaya member Ragab Mahdi, a young woman, was trapped against the grate for an underground garage with riot police between her and the pro-Mubarak men.
As the riot police began to move aside to allow the men through, she screamed, "What are you doing, they're going to kill us."
An Egyptian journalist off to the side urged the police to intervene, but was told, "Our orders are to allow this to happen." After the men beat her for a few minutes, older men in suits working with the attackers told them to back off and, her clothes torn and her body bruised, she was bundled into a taxi and taken to safety.
Elsewhere in the capital, 150 pro-Mubarak protesters attacked Kifaya members, belting them with wooden sticks use to hold Mubarak banners. Demonstrators scattered, with some taking refuge inside the press syndicate building.
One woman trying to leave the building was pounced upon by Mubarak loyalists who punched and pummeled her with batons and tore her clothes. As police looked on, the woman screamed, then vomited and fainted.
Another clash occurred when demonstrators placed Kifaya stickers onto placards emblazoned with Mubarak's face and waved them in the air, chanting, "Leave, leave Mubarak!"
An Associated Press reporter on the scene said plainclothes state security investigators were beating, groping and verbally harassing demonstrators, particularly women.
About a dozen people, mostly women, were violently cornered and surrounded by nightstick-toting plainclothes police. Some began beating demonstrators. The AP reporter was grabbed and pulled by the hair.
I called a friend involved with Kefaya after I finished voting to confirm his boycott, and to tell me that today's demonstration by Kefaya turned violent, protestors were beaten and girls were sexually harrased (I hope the two girls I know there weren't violated by those thugs).
Witnesses said police abused women taking part in the demonstration, while several men were beaten.
Alaa (via Mohammed in comments):
today me and my mother where attacked by tens of hired thugs from the NDP sham demonstration.
the police where there, they saw everything and they did not interfere, they kept asking for my ID while I was being kicked, they tried to arrest me and tried to confiscate my camera.
I was scared very scared but I'm glad I showed some bravery they attacked my mom first and I actually managed to protect her (other females where not as lucky, the fucking bastard harrased many).
they cracked some bone in the feet (yet to be confirmed, going to get an X ray soon) , they broke our glasses, I can hardly see.
but I don't feel violated, after we got cornered (we gopt the police to thank for that), after it became obvious the police was not about to help (they tried to interogate me while I was ducking blows and kicking back, its hard to describe how it looks like having a wal of police officers in front of you with gaps opening from time to time to let a hand or a leg in to do damage), after the stole my bag with everything in I decided not to break I stood up and started taking photos, one of the officers asked the thugs to get the camera.
.... (it goes on... and on)
Baheyya: Just go read everything.> But especially this: "Two days after Laura Bush and Suzanne Mubarak held their summit meeting about the necessity of girls' and women's “empowerment” in the Middle East, Mubarak's hired thugs battered and sexually assaulted women protestors and reporters, as they did during the 2003 anti-war protests and during parliamentary elections. AP reporter Sarah al-Deeb is no stranger to Mubarak's thuggery, this is the umpteenth time she gets assaulted while doing her job. Women were pulled by the hair, punched and kicked, and dragged on the ground until their clothes came off, while policemen stood by watching. To all the women and men who had their bodies violated while peacefully demanding self-rule today: your pains are not forgotten, your bravery humbles us, your souls edify us. Your blood is on the hands of this despotic regime, until the day of reckoning."
Or are we still in the "Bushy Democracy Tsunami" phase?
UPDATE: al-Arabiya is now running the assaults on women as their lead story:
The story features a female Egyptian journalist who says that she was assaulted by NDP thugs in a sexual manner and her clothes ripped. These stories are coming from everywhere now, fast and furious - enough to suggest that these were not isolated events. That, or it's a concerted Kifaya media strategy. Either way, it's highly disturbing.
By the way, why is it that nobody seems to be writing anything at all about the travesties surrounding this Egyptian referendum? After all the Bushy Tsunami talk, you'd think that people would be all over a referendum vote in Egypt... right? Whether to crow over another Arab vote on Bush's watch, or to complain that Bush sold the Egyptian opposition out... but I haven't seen much of anything at all yet. What, are they all waiting for the outcome? Because the only vote that counts was already cast:
(note: I've been updating the middle part of this post as new stories of these attacks on protestors, and especially on women, come in. In case you can't tell, I'm really pissed off about this. Not that it isn't 100% expected by these thugs, but still... as I said to Mona in comments a minute ago, we're going to find out whether the world really is watching, and cares, the next few days. The world, and Bush.)