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Egyptian Women Face New Wave of Sexual Assaults in Tahrir Square

As anti-Mursi protests grow in Egypt, a new wave of sexual assaults by groups of men targeting women has been reported during anti-government protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square. The previously friendly atmosphere became more aggressive as night fell on the badly lit plaza, which has seen a rise in attacks against women since shortly after the 18-day revolution that forced the resignation of Morsi's predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, in 2011. Sexual harassment has long been common in Egypt, but its increasing frequency and violence has shaken the protest movement.

A group formed to protect women in the square, which has become the epicentre of anti-government rallies, said it recorded the highest number of attempts on Sunday – 46.  Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault, said on its Twitter account that at least 17 attempted assaults were reported in Tahrir Monday, and volunteers had intervened in eight of them.

A Dutch female reporter was assaulted by numerous men last Friday. The Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday the 22-year-old woman had been repatriated, referring to a statement issued by the Dutch embassy in Cairo. No details have been released on the attacks but the reports said she was believed to be an intern with an Egyptian organisation and had gone to the square to take photos of the demonstrations.

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