A brutal scene is unfolding on the streets of Cairo. Journalist Bel Trew is on the scene and is tweeting developments as they occur:

The stripping and beating of the protester was captured on video (warning: graphic):


Tweeters are shocked by the assault on the protester’s dignity:

Some are likening today’s incident to the  much-publicized beating of a girl in a blue bra that took place in Tahrir Square in December 2011:


Update: Egyptian state media claims the protester took off his own clothes. Really:


The protester says he was beaten by protesters and helped by the police.

The police saved him … by beating him?