As tensions intensify between supporters of Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi and his secular opponents, there are reports of the Muslim Brotherhood paying gangs of thugs to rape female protesters and beat up male protesters.
The Times of London first reported on the "Rape Gangs of Tahir Square." According to the report activists said: "Egypt’s ruling party is paying gangs of thugs to sexually assault women protesting in Cairo’s Tahrir Square against President Mohamed Morsi."The report went on to say: "One protester, Yasmine, told the newspaper how she had been in the square filming the demonstrations for a few hours when the crowd suddenly turned.
Before she knew what was happening, about 50 men had surrounded her and began grabbing her breasts. She said they ripped off her clothes, starting with her headscarf and for nearly an hour, indecently assaulted her with their hands. A few men tried to help her but they were beaten away."It was a tactic used to suppress activists under the rule of President Mubarak. At the same time many female foreign journalists were assaulted while covering the protests.
It appears the Muslim Brotherhood is resorting to the same methods. The Daily Mail reported most attacks take place at night when men form a human chain around women, then move in for the assault. Two men who admitted they were paid said "We're told to go out and sexually harass girls so they leave the demonstration."