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Arrests after video of Egypt sex assault goes viral

Published on Jun 9, 2014 9:36 PM
 
Egyptians celebrate after the swearing-in ceremony of President elect Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, in front of the Presidential Palace in Cairo on June 8, 2014. Egyptian police have arrested seven men accused of sexually assaulting women at celebrations marking President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's inauguration, officials said Monday, June 9, 2014, after outrage triggered by a graphic video of one attack. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CAIRO (AFP) - Egyptian police have arrested seven men accused of sexually assaulting women at celebrations marking President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's inauguration, officials said Monday, after outrage triggered by a graphic video of one attack.

The footage shows a crowd of men surrounding the young woman, who was stripped off her clothes and badly bruised, as police escorted her to an ambulance following Sunday's attack on Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square.

Shared widely on social media websites like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, it appears to have been filmed using a mobile telephone.

A security official authenticated the video, saying police had arrested seven men for assaulting and stripping the 19-year-old student.

 
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