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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sexual Assaults Persist In Cairo’s Tahrir Square

Egyptian women gather to denounce sexual violence and harassment against women in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (AP/Virginie Nguyen Hoang

Egyptian women gather to denounce sexual violence and harassment against women in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (AP/Virginie Nguyen Hoang

Two years after the ouster of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, protesters clashed with police Monday at the presidential palace – this time against the policies of his elected successor Mohamed Morsi.

In other demonstrations, hundreds of policemen also took to the streets. They’re demanding they not be used as a tool for political oppression in the country’s ongoing turmoil.

The rallies reflect fears among many policemen of a public backlash, after weeks of violent crackdowns on anti-government protests.

Cairo’s Tahrir Square is still a focus of many protests, but recently it’s become notorious for more menacing reasons: the number of sexual assaults that take place there.

The BBC’s Aleem Maqbool reports.


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