Saturday, June 9, 2012

Egyptian Women Protesters Sexually Assaulted... So Much For the Arab Spring

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny


Egyptian women have been vocal protesters against the post-Mubarak regime, despite continuing sexual harassment at marches and gatherings. Photograph: Amel Pain/EPA

Ah yes, the Arab spring. How sweet the denial of rights to women by Islamic law apparently is to a region that still lives in the 7th century. At least with respect to liberty and basic human rights for all.

The Guardian - A mob of hundreds of men assaulted women holding a march demanding an end to sexual harassment in Cairo, as attackers overwhelmed male supporters and molested several of the marchers in Tahrir Square.

Some victims said it appeared to have been an organised attempt to drive women out of demonstrations and trample the pro-democracy protest movement.

The attack on Friday follows a spate of smaller-scale assaults on women in Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the uprising that forced former president Hosni Mubarak to step down last year.

Earlier in the week, an Associated Press reporter witnessed around 200 men assault a woman who eventually fainted before others came to her aid.

Friday's march demanded an end to all sexual assaults. Around 50 women participated, surrounded by a larger group of male supporters who joined hands to form a protective ring around them. The protesters carried posters and chanted. After the marchers entered a crowded corner of the square, a group of men waded into the women, heckling them and groping them. The attackers chased the the marchers as they tried to flee. Several women were cornered against railings and groped, according to reports. Eventually, the women found refuge in a nearby building.

"After what I saw and heard today I am furious at so many things." wrote Sally Zohney, one of the event's organisers on Twitter. {Read More}

Soon the President of the United States will come out in condemnation of such barbaric activity I am sure.

Via: Memeorandum

2 comments:

  1. Mubarek was a pig but if we end up with a fundamentalist regime over there, I think that you can pretty much kiss off any prospects for peace. If the past is any indication, I'm saying.

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