"Brutal" repression in Egypt condemned

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Protesters at Tahrir Square, Cairo

The repression of demonstrations by the Egyptian military and security forces has been described as "brutal" by the United Nations.

Eleven people are reported to have been killed and 500 others injured some of them critically since Friday.

Charles Appel reports.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, describes the clampdown on demonstrations at Egypt's Tahrir Square in Cairo as "brutal".

She says the graphic images showing protesters, including women, being clubbed and beaten up even when they were not resisting is "utterly shocking".

Ms. Pillay is calling for the arrests and prosecution of the perpetrators some of whom could easily be identified.

She says some were filmed "viciously" kicking and clubbing a woman who was apparently unconscious.

Egyptians, who overthrew Hosni Mubarak in February and held their first round of parliamentary elections in late November, continue to protest against military rule.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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