13 June 2014

Egypt Asks Youtube to Remove Video of Sexual Assault

Photo: Al Jazeera English
Egyptian women march on International Women's Day (file photo).

Cairo — Egypt is asking YouTube to remove a video of a woman being sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square during a rally supporting the country's newly elected president.

"The Egyptian embassy in Washington DC and a number of Egyptian authorities, at the direction of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, have requested the YouTube administration to remove the video of the sexual assault victim," Presidential spokesman Ehab Badawy said in a statement late Thursday.

Badawy added that the woman attacked asked President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi during a visit he made to her hospital to have the video taken down.

Authorities arrested seven men aged between 15 and 49 for sexually harassing women on Tahrir Square after the posting of the video.

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