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Sexual Assaults Taint Egypt Inauguration

Women's screams pierced the inaugural celebrations for Egypt's new president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, in Tahrir Square this weekend, a sign that the mass sexual assaults that plagued the nation during the 2011 uprising are still a threat. “Young men, please move away from the girls! Men, young men, get back!” yelled a man into the microphone at one point during the official ceremony. On Monday, a video circulated widely of a woman being sexually assaulted by a crowd of men, before being rescued by a police officer brandishing his weapon. Activists say at least four women required hospitalization and dozens were assaulted.