Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Laura Logan assault

CBS newswoman, Laura Logan, was surrounded by over a hundred men, serially raped, and beaten during the Tahrir square celebration of Mubarak's fall from power.  

"CBS says 39-year-old Logan "suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers."

CBS continues, "[Logan] reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning. She is currently in the hospital recovering."

She had apparently been held and threatened by the Egyptian police eight days prior to her assault, but there is no report as to whether there was any connection to those who had detained her earlier.  Since this happened during the celebration, it might not have been the government thugs, but rather some more violent and reactionary elements of those wanting the overthrow of Mubarak.  

She is apparently recovering in a hospital in the U.S. and determined to get back to work as soon as she can.  

I don't know who is responsible for this outrage, but I do know that it is a sickening footnote to a triumphant day, and I wish it hadn't happened.