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article imageLibyan woman storms hotel to describe rape

By Ryan Mahon     Mar 26, 2011 in World
Tripoli - Earlier today, in a hotel housing foreign journalists, a Libyan woman struggled with hotel staff and security forces to describe to the media a rape she claims was perpetrated by Qaddafi militia.
The woman had visible injuries on her face and legs, and according to the New York Times, also appeared to have marks around her wrists from the use of restraints. The woman, who was named in the article, claims to have been beaten and raped by fifteen Qaddafi militia, as they drank whiskey and defecated and urinated on her. The men reportedly recorded video of the attack.
She had been stopped at a checkpoint outside of her hometown of Benghazi, and was held for two days before she was able to escape to the hotel. When she arrived on scene, a ‘wild scuffle’ broke out as she attempted to reach and speak with journalists, who were attempting to protect her.
Several journalists were punched and kicked, and a CNN camera was destroyed in the foray, while security forces seized a recording device that had been used to record her testimony. A plainclothes security member brandished a revolver. Hotel staff also reportedly grabbed knives and brandished them in an attempt to separate the woman from journalists. The standoff was reportedly prolonged because security forces were using restraint in the presence of foreign journalists.
The event was a substantial departure from the tightly controlled activities of foreign journalists, who all stay at a designated hotel, and are escorted when they leave the building. After about an hour, the woman was forced into a car, and taken away by security forces. As she left, a man attempted to cover her mouth, as she announced, ‘They’re taking me to jail.’
The Times reported that a news conference later stated the woman was speaking to police about the rape allegations, and they were treating her as a sane citizen with credible testimony.
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