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Did the Muslim Brotherhood Pay to Have Women Assaulted at Protests?

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Lara Logan in Tahrir Square in 2007

Lara Logan in Tahrir Square in 2007

Egypt’s ruling party is paying gangs of thugs to sexually assault women protesting inCairo’sTahrir Square against President Mohamed Morsi, activists said.

They also said the Muslim Brotherhood is paying gangs to beat up men who are taking part in the latest round of protests, which followed a decree by President Morsi to give himself sweeping new powers.

Around 200,000 people gathered yesterday in Tahrir Square, the heart of last year’s revolution which toppled President Hosni Mubarak.

But amid the calls for democracy a sinister threat has emerged. Magda Adly, the director of the Nadeem Centre for Human Rights, said that under Mubarak, the Government paid thugs to beat male protestors and sexually assault women.

‘This is still happening now,’ she told The Times. ‘I believe thugs are being paid money to do this … the Muslim Brotherhood have the same political approaches as Mubarak,’ she said.

One protestor, Yasmine, told the newspaper how she had been in the square filming the demonstrations for a few hours when the crowd suddenly turned.

Before she knew what was happening, about 50 men had surrounded her and began grabbing her breasts. She said they ripped off her clothes, starting with her headscarf and for nearly an hour, indecently assaulted her with their hands.

A few men tried to help her but they were beaten away. Eventually some residents who had seen the attack from their windows came to her aid and an elderly couple pulled her into their home. She suffered internal injuries and was unable to walk for a week.

Four of Yasmine’s friends were also sexually assaulted in the square that day, in the summer.

Afaf el-Sayed, a journalist and activist, told the newspaper she was assaulted by a group of men while protesting in Tahrir Square just over a month ago and she was sure her attackers were ‘thugs from the Muslim Brotherhood’.

In February 2011 the correspondent for the American network CBS, Lara Logan, endured a half-hour sexual assault inTahrir Squareby a group of men. She said after the ordeal that she had been ‘raped with their hands’.

While the exact frequency of these attacks is unknown, activists have reported nearly 20 attacks in the last ten days and say there has been a dramatic increase in mob sex attacks on protestors in the last year.

Most attacks take place in one particular corner of the square, at roughly the same time every evening, and usually starts with a group of men forming a human chain around women as if to protect them.

Yasmine said she was almost sure the assault was planned. She managed to throw her camera to a friend and was able to watch the footage later. She told The Times: ‘Just before the attack it looks like men are getting into position. They look like they’re up to something, they don’t look like random protestors.’

The newspaper spoke to two men who admitted they were paid to target female protestors. Victor and Tutu, both in their thirties, said they operate in a group of around 65 local men and got paid between £10 and £20 a time. But they would not reveal who pays them.

‘We’re told to go out and sexually harass girls so they leave the demonstration,’ Victor told The Times. He said the aim was to cause disruption and instil fear in protesters. He said members of the public sometimes joined in. 

Read the rest: Muslim Brotherhood Paying Gangs to Assault Women Protesters in Egypt 

And read more about this travesty: Egyptian Women Assaulted at March Against Sexual Harassment.

Update on the Oppression of Egyptian Women

Egyptian Painting of a Burial CeremonyAs Egypt pieces itself back together after last year’s revolution, women’s rights are taking a back seat. Some examples:

  • One of the new female members of parliament, Azza al-Garf, is being taken to court by the New Women Foundation for advocating the repeal of 2008 legislation which banned female genital mutilation (FGM).
  • In addition to a possible repeal of the FGM ban, the new parliament has been changing personal status laws to discriminate against women even more harshly than during the Mubarak era. One debate centers around whether to repeal the “Khulaa Law,” enacted to allow women to initiate no-fault divorce.
  • Also at risk for repeal are last year’s custody amendments, which allowed women to have custody of children until they turn fifteen.
  • Violence against women has not decreased since the revolution. Despite a judge’s ruling that “virginity tests” on protestors are illegal, there are allegations that SCAF continues the practice. In the recent protests at the Defense Ministry building in Cairo, over a dozen women were arrested. Some alleged that guards sexually assaulted them by inspecting their vaginas for drugs. Others complained of verbal and sexual abuse. These abuses follow the acquittal of a doctor accused of conducting these tests.

Read the rest: Despite Activism, Rights of Women in Egypt Being Rolled Back.

No surprises here. The Salafis and Muslim Brotherhood were elected by the majority of the Egyptian people and are working towards a sharia compliant rule and institution of its harsh laws that oppress women. Never forget the slogan of the Muslim Brotherhood: “Islam is the Answer.”

What will happen with the Egyptian army stepping into the political fray to dissolve the fundamentalist Parliament?  We’ll have to wait and see.

In Egypt, the Arab Spring Has Sprung

– for the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafi Muslims.

Both sides are for sharia law. The more modern Muslim Brotherhood likes the soft sharia where women can work, where adulterers aren’t stoned and women don’t have to wear the burka but must wear the hijab and cover their arms and legs. But let me remind you, the motto of the Brotherhood is:
Allah is our goal
The Messenger is our example
The Qur’an is our constitution
Jihad is our way
And martyrdom is our desire

 

The Salafis, those Muslims who want to follow the example of Mohammed precisely (many times they wear long robes, little beanies, and beards), favor the hardcore sharia and love to honor their women by killing them if they don’t obey the man and stay at home (preferably in harems), barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen. The Salifis particularly like the harem of four wives that the sharia allows.

This article is not totally correct, and the author is naïve and uninformed but he knows more than many other reporters.

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