Journalist Mona Eltahawy in Egypt: I was sexually assaulted

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It appears the roadmap to transition led by Egypt’s military is paved with brutal force.

Prominent Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy claimed Thursday on Twitter that she was beaten and sexually assaulted after being detained by police overnight.

She was arrested while participating in protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to demand the military leadership step down, AFP reported.

Eltahawy, who was awarded the Samir Kassir prize for Freedom of the Press in 2009, immediately took to Twitter after her release this morning to recount details of her ordeal and condemn Egyptian police for their alleged abuse.

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Eltahawy also said she had been kept blindfolded for several hours in police detention. She later tweeted that her left arm and right hand (pictured in casts above) were broken.

The journalist acknowledged she had “got off much much easier than so many other Egyptians” as she is a high-profile figure in news media. Immediately following word of her arrest, the hashtag #FreeMona was being Tweeted by users around the world.

At least 35 protesters have been killed since Saturday and more than 2,000 injured, according to AFP.

“The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces presents its regrets and deep apologies for the deaths of martyrs from among Egypt’s loyal sons during the recent events in Tahrir Square,” it said in a statement on its Facebook page.

“The council also offers its condolences to the families of the martyrs across Egypt.”

It’s a jarring reminder, peeps: Revolutions don’t end when leaders fall from power. Revolutions end when a political vision is realized.

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