FrontPageMag.Com - On Monday, Yasser Ali announced that Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi will visit the United States in 2013, in what would be his first visit to Washington since he was elected last June. Ever since, Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood allies have made numerous moves to reimpose a dictatorship on an Egyptian opposition that grows more impassioned against this power grab with every passing day. Yet like every would-be dictator, Morsi has his methods of dealing with such resistance.
According to anti-Morsi activists, such methods include paying gangs of thugs to sexually assault women protesting in Cairo’s Tahrir Square against Morsi’s decrees that would grant him unprecedented powers. The latest assaults began just over ten days ago, when more than 200,000 Egyptians massed in the Square to protest the new draft constitution that essentially imposes Sharia Law, turning women and non-Islamic minorities into de facto second-class citizens. “This is still happening now,” said Magda Adly, the director of the Nadeem Centre for Human Rights. “I believe thugs are being paid money to do this … the Muslim Brotherhood have the same political approaches as Mubarak.”
A protestor named Yasmine confirmed that assessment to the Daily Mail, saying she had been filming the demonstrations when the crowd suddenly turned on her, and approximately 50 men sexually assaulted her for more than an hour. Other men who tried to rescue her were beaten. Her ordeal ended when residents witnessing the mayhem came out of their houses to help her, and an elderly couple pulled her into their home. Nevertheless, she sustained internal injuries and was unable to walk for a week.