Journalist Mona Eltahawy Assaulted, Beaten In Cairo

Reports are surfacing of brutalities against journalists and sexual violence against women during the ongoing clashes in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Via Twitter, US-based Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy described the sexual and physical assault on her at the interior ministry after she was arrested on Wednesday. She was released Thursday morning with both arms broken.

Egypt’s interim military government, the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF), has announced that parliamentary elections will still occur next Monday, November 28, though activists and some political parties have called for postponing them. Since Saturday, protesters have clashed with riot police and security forces in Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the Egyptian uprising, and also in other Egyptian cities including the port city of Alexandria. The SCAF apologized for the deaths of some 38 demonstrators but still seemed to justify the killings, saying that they were criminals attacking the Interior Ministry, and also denied that security forces had fired live ammunition or birdshot at protesters. Video testimony suggests otherwise; over 3,000 have been injured, some seriously.

On Thursday, the SCAF announced that it had appointed 78-year-old Kamal al-Ganzouri, who was prime minister from 1996 to 1999 under Hosni Mubarak, to form a new cabinet. The SCAF had approved the resignation of caretaker prime minister Essam Sharaf’s cabinet in accordance with the demands of protesters. After the uprising earlier this year, Ganzouri seemed to distance himself from Mubarak in a television interview, leading to suggestions that he might be a presidential candidate. However, many have mocked Ganzouri as a “dinosaur” while others note that the choice of him has provoked the Muslim Brotherhood. While Ganzouri was prime minister, many Islamists were incarcerated or tortured.

The military have started to erect a two-meter tall concrete barrier on Mohamed Mahmoud Street, which has been the site of many clashes between protesters and security forces and which leads to the interior ministry. But protesters remain as determined as ever to remain in Tahrir Square until the SCAF and its leader, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, step down. Protesters have called for another “million man march” on Friday and those in the square chanted “Oh, Field Marshal, Oh, Field Marshal, legitimacy comes from Tahrir.”

Three US students who were detained and accused of throwing Molotov cocktails during the clashes earlier this week have been released. Egyptian authorities have decided not to press charges against them, thus avoiding a potentially “thorny diplomatic problem between Egypt and the US.” The announcement is a sudden turnaround as, shortly before, Egyptian authorities had said they would keep the students for four more days for questioning. Greg Porter, Louis Gates and Derrik Sweeney were all studying at American University in Cairo. After being taken to a local doctor for a medical examination, they will be taken to a police station and then set free and allowed to return to their dorms.

Previous Care2 Coverage

3 US Students Arrested in Protests in Cairo (video)

“It Will Not Be Syria, It Will Be Libya”: 20,000 in Tahrir Square

3,000 Occupy Tahrir Square After Clashes With Riot Police



Photo of Tahrir Square on November 22, 2011 by lilianwagdy


Brian F.
Brian F6 years ago

Yes, this is shameful, but before we jump on the bash Islam train, let's remember that women are routinely raped in the US military all over the world. Let he who has committed no sin cast the first stone. Rape is a horrible crime, and the US military is also guilty of allowing women to be raped.

AbdulAziz A.
AbdulAziz A6 years ago

Sujit K: what a shame you blame a religion (I am sure without knowledge) about the atrocities taking place in Egypt.
The religion has the severest punishment for such animals and it is a shame to call them animals as the animals are more civilised than these beasts. Please keep in mind these outrages are totally against the spirit of Islam. This is a society which has lost all values and decency over the decades of dictatorships.
Power and money are the main reasons for this - all the Western rulers have supported these actions in the past and now the tide is turning and they want to be seen to be demanding freedom for the people.
Tell your rulers to stop supporting the army now!!!

surjit k.
surjit s6 years ago

FD S. " ..first Lara Logan from '60 minutes ' attacked and sesxually assulted ,now this ...what's wrong with these creatures ? " Looks you are not aware of Islam /muslims !!
Sharon I. " Sexual assults on female so rampant in Egypt." You are right. I would say NOT only in Egypt but most muslim countries . Just see and

Pamela H.
Pamela H6 years ago

Correction: Something, not someone.

Pamela H.
Pamela H6 years ago

Donna H, that's exactly what I was thinking. They need someone in the water to quell their urges and calm them down. Either bromide or estrogen.

TERRY R6 years ago


Susan T.
Susan T6 years ago

I hope the elections are not a sham. It's time for the Egyptian people to have their own say in who governs the country.

The ongoing violence against protesters my the military run government is very disturbing. And when a journalist is subject to so much violence it's obvious they know the world is watching and they want to control the message.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton6 years ago

Horrific. Poor Mona. Think these regions need some bromide in their water supply.

Penny C.
penny C6 years ago


Pamela H.
Pamela H6 years ago

This is not a 'one time isolated incident'. We hear it all the time. A woman can't walk down the street over there without some man (or men) going the grope. It's time their men demonstrated a little emotional maturity.