Posted : 2012/11/25 8:32 pm
A crowd of 300 young people on Sunday sexually harassed three girls near Tahrir Square, according to a report on the website of Egypts flagship paper Al-Ahram.
After the assault, which took place near the Qasr al-Dobara Church that is used as a field hospital in the current protests, the girls ran to the nearby Mugamma administrative building in Tahrir Square, the Al-Ahram journalist present wrote about the incident. Their harassers followed them there, but the employees of the building closed the doors to block them out. Dozens of other demonstrators, who had been holding a sit-in in the square, then beat the harassers with sticks and rocks to disperse them, and took the girls to their tents in the center of the square.
The report said the Al-Ahram photographer could not take pictures of the girls being harassed, as the sexual harassers threatened to destroy his camera.
Incidents of sexual harassment have been increasingly reported during protests in and around Tahrir Square during the transitional period.