Tahrir Square might be a symbol of the Egyptian people’s struggle for democracy and freedom, but it’s also increasingly a no-go area for women. Over the past few days, a number of women have claimed to have been attacked or intimidated in the square, including:
- French journalist Caroline Sinz says she was attacked by a gang of youths in the square, and that they tore off her clothes.
- Writer Mona Eltahawy has claimed she was assaulted, and that she was further assaulted by police after she had been taken away.
- Reports suggest that ‘naked blogger’ Aliaa al-Mahdy was attacked by a mob, although subsequent posts on her Facebook quote have caused confused.
- RT’s Paula Slier has claimed she felt intimidated in the square.
Images have been broadcast of women being dragged along the street by crowds. The identities of the women have not been established, and one in particular – which claims to show Aliaa al-Mahdy, has been disputed.
Earlier in the year, CBS journalist Lara Logan was attacked in Tahrir Square. Since then, there has been little examination of the square’s safety for women, as protesters have flocked to the site to express their frustration at the country’s government. The latest developments suggest that their anger might be getting mis-directed towards women.