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White House condemns assaults on women at Egyptian demonstrations

White House denounced the sexual assaults and attacks on female protesters in recent demos in Egypt

Reuters, Friday 29 Mar 2013
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The White House on Friday condemned the rape and assault of women at recent demonstrations in Egypt and called on the Cairo government to prevent sexual violence and prosecute those responsible.

The New York Times reported that on Jan. 25, the second anniversary of the Tahrir Square revolution in Cairo, at least 18 cases of sexual assaults were reported by human groups.

White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that the United States is deeply concerned at reports of rapes and sexual assaults in public squares in Egypt.

"Sexual violence including gang rape has occurred during recent demonstrations in Egypt. This is a cause of great concern to the United States, the international community and to many Egyptians. These victims are mothers, wives, daughters and sisters of Egypt," he said.

Earnest, speaking on an Air Force One flight that carried President Barack Obama from Washington to an event in Miami, said the Egyptian government has a responsibility to take legal measures to prevent sexual violence and to prosecute people who are involved in such crimes.

"The idea that some Egyptians are blaming the victims for being raped and assaulted is abhorrent. We strongly condemn these views and reaffirm the rights of women to express themselves in public squares alongside men," he said.

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30-03-2013 03:19am
all forms of violence should be condemned.
It is a noble act of the US to urge for the protection of women during protests and calling for speedy actions on those responsible.. However it is odd for this super for not calling Egyptians to respect result of democratic elections, respect of property whether public or private including those belonging to political parties, the safety of all persons - male, female and children, irrespective whether they are MB, NSF or whatever political affiliations. It is expected of this great democracy to be more transparent and specific in when making such calls. The lack of clarity could be misinterpreted as trying to apportion blame to the wrong party. The US will continue to play a useful and significant role in helping Egypt forward but, please! avoid unwarranted agendas. The present political turmoil, economic situation plus the vicious obstruction/manipulation caused by political leaders and the courts may, repeat may cause radicalization among some impatient MB supporters. Hopefully it
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