An alleged gang rape attack which was also said to have been filmed in a hotel in Cairo in 2014 has triggered a new wave of #MeToo posts related to Egypt on social media.
The assault is said to have taken place at the five-star Fairmont Nile City Hotel, when a group of four to seven men from “upper-class” backgrounds drugged and raped a girl after a “Tea Dance” event. According to some posts the men even signed their initials on her body. The videos are seen as both “trophies” sent to other groups and to be used as blackmail against the victim.
TW // rape death threats
these men have been drugging girls, raping them & filming for the past 10 years in Egypt.sent death threats to people who tried calling them out &they still do please help us we need them in jail spread this please dont ignore it #fairmontincident pic.twitter.com/mCqmKwyS5A
— 𝐫𝐚𝐰𝐝𝐚²⁸ (@spideywalls) July 29, 2020
The group have had their names and images posted on social media to increase the pressure on the police to act and for it to gain wider attention. On Twitter, the hashtag #fairmontincident and Arabic hashtag “Fairmont crime” were trending. The gang have been accused of previous assaults.
The fact that the men are seen as well-connected from well-to-do families has caused many to believe the authorities will not seek justice for the victim, who has not come forward to press charges out of fear of backlash.
An Instagram account called Assault Police which had over 170,000 followers was also abruptly shut down yesterday after multiple death threats, according to sources close to its operator.
#جريمة_الفيرمونت They managed to shut down assult police with threats and somehow got the hashtag off the trending page but they can shut everyone one up. Say their names. #fairmontincident pic.twitter.com/30cym9oeqK
— Shayari 🌺 (@shayarikhadija) July 30, 2020
Others pointed to the hypocrisy of the serious allegations being ignored by law enforcement, while two Egyptian women have been detained and sentenced to prison over “inappropriate” videos on the app TikTok.
Meanwhile Prosecution does nothing for #fairmontincident where rich men gang raped women and filmed it so they can “show off”.
Instead, Prosecution sentenced today Haneen and Mawada to 2 years in prison for singing and dancing on TikTok#بعد_اذن_الاسرة_المصرية #جريمة_الفيرمونت https://t.co/QztpMCBVGZ
— Salma El Hosseiny (@salma_ishr) July 27, 2020
The Instagram account also played a role in the exposing and investigation of an alleged serial rapist and harasser, Ahmed Bassam Zaki, who is accused of over 50 sexual crimes. Egyptian authorities have long been criticised for rewarding the perpetrator and not the victim. A 2013 UN study found that 99 per cent of women in Egypt had at some point in their lives been sexually harassed, either verbally or physically.