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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A French journalist claims to have suffered sexual assault in Tahrir Square


Sonia Dridi Egypt correspondent of France 24 television channel has reported being the subject of a sexual assault while in the central Tahrir Square in Cairo. According to his testimony, the reporter was intimidatingly surrounded by a large group of men, mostly young, when he spoke live for 24 hours French channel. The attack lasted for several minutes, until a friend intervened and got her out of the square. "They grabbed me everywhere. Later I realized that someone I unbuttoned his shirt, which was open but not broken . Avoid the worst by wearing a thick belt and the help of a friend, "he acknowledged.
Impressions of the reporter in his Twitter account.
Impressions of the reporter in her Twitter account.

The journalist has stated it will file a complaint , though aware that in similar situations Egyptian police did not intervene to stop the perpetrators of abuse. In the streets of Cairo, the harassment of women, with or without a veil, obscene comments and rude gestures are a common phenomenonRecently, however, a fact that sexual assault and rape cases in the vicinity of Tahrir Square are many, but local authorities failed to respond. Last June, a group of men attacked and sexually assaulted several protesters during a march denouncing precisely sexual harassment in Egypt. These attacks have become especially relevant media after the attack on the square to the U.S. journalist Lara Logan, which occurred on February 11, 2011, the day he resigned his position on President Hosni Mubarak.

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