FLASHBACK: Sex mobs target Egypt's women... Journalist Attacked During LIVE Broadcast...
On Nov. 19, journalist Sonia Dridi was wrapping up her live report for French Channel 24 from Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square when a crowd of up to 30 men surrounded her.
As the bodies closed in, Dridi said she concentrated on staying on her feet.
"I was just looking at (fellow correspondent Ashraf Khalil) and felt hands touching me. I was trying to concentrate,” Dridi told NBC News by telephone. “At some point I said to Ashraf, ‘Oh my God, they are touching me.’”
She didn’t know who was a friend or an attacker.
"It is so confusing that at some point I had the impression that those (who were) saying they would help were trying to take advantage,” Dridi said.
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The mob pounded on the glass doors after she reached the safety of a Hardee’s restaurant on Tahrir Square, which has become a sort of refuge for women. Dridi realized her skirt was unzipped and broke down in tears.
"The thing that was so sad was that the Hardee’s waiters were … waiting to help me because they are so used to that," she told NBC News.