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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Virgins and Whores

Amnesty International has revealed that women protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square (9 Mar 2011) were forced to take virginity tests.

The story is covered in two articles - "Egypt: Admission of forced 'virginity tests' must lead to justice" and "Egyptian women protesters forced to take 'virginity tests' ."

It has also been covered by the Australian ABC in "Egypt must investigate forced virginity tests"

Some (insane?) choice quotes:

"We didn't want them to say we had sexually assaulted or raped them, so we wanted to prove that they weren't virgins in the first place,"

"The girls who were detained were not like your daughter or mine,"

"These were girls who had camped out in tents with male protesters in Tahrir Square, and we found in the tents Molotov cocktails and (drugs),"

Before the pro-western, pro-christian indignation rises too high, remember that the United States was more than happy to use Egypt for Rendition. This means that allies of the U.S. also support/condone this torture.

These are your leaders using your money and committing these atrocities in your name.

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