Twitter suspends account of group combating sexual assault in Egyptian protests

http://twitter.com/#!/AliciaLudwig/status/273492258412699649

As Twitchy reported earlier today, Egyptians are taking steps to address the misogynistic violence in Tahrir Square and are spreading the word via social media. A group of women created a special Twitter account, @TahrirBodyguard, to help combat sexual attacks on female protesters.

The account has now been inexplicably, repeatedly suspended by Twitter, placing the lives of Egyptian women at risk.

please twitter stop suspending @tahrirbodyguard, they’re trying to provide much needed help to women on #tahrir. it is serious and urgent!

— sebastiao nascimento (@bastelik) November 27, 2012

The group has set up a back-up account, @TahrirBGBackUp:

Since Twitter keeps suspending @TahrirBodyguard for now reason, this is our back-up account. We won’t give up on protecting women in #Tahrir & its surroundings!

We don’t know why twitter keeps suspending our @tahrirbodyguard account. We’ve been working very hard so don’t need this #TahrirBodyguard

— Tahrir Guard BackUp (@TahrirBGBackUp) November 27, 2012

We won’t give up on helping women stay safe, so keep using the #TahrirBodyguard hashtag until we resolve our issues with twitter

— Tahrir Guard BackUp (@TahrirBGBackUp) November 27, 2012

We are getting your reports and forwarding them to people on the ground so keep tweeting. #TahrirBodyguard. Email tahrir.bodyguard@gmail.com

— Tahrir Guard BackUp (@TahrirBGBackUp) November 27, 2012

Account suspended or not, we started something and we will keep fighting. #TahrirBodyguard.

— Tahrir Guard BackUp (@TahrirBGBackUp) November 27, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/11/27/twitter-suspends-account-of-group-combating-sexual-assault-in-egyptian-protests/

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