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Egyptian-American columnist Mona Eltahawy tweets of sexual assault, beating by police (Video)

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Fireworks light up the sky above Cairo's Tahrir square during continuing protests. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

On Wednesday, she reported on Twitter that she was in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, where protesters had gathered for a fifth day of violent clashes with the police.

There, Eltahawy writes she was arrested by the riot police that many in Egypt blame for the recent death of as many as 40 people. Eltahawy writes she was groped, beaten and both arms were broken.

Eltahawy is a New York-based columnist originally from Port Said, Egypt. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, among other publications. She has been an outspoken critic of the military government and a fervent supporter of the Egyptian uprising.


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