One Woman Stands Up

Above is an update of Eman al-Obeidy, the woman who burst into the foreign press dining room on Saturday telling of her gang rape by Qaddafi's men. Yesterday, women staged rallies in Benghazi and Tobruk in support of al-Obeidy. Juan Cole captions another video report from Al Jazeera:

A physician in Ajdabiya says that he has been finding Viagra and condoms in the pockets of the bodies of pro-Qaddafi forces who fell in battle [in Benghazi]. He is convinced that these material signals that the troops were systematically using rape as an instrument of war.

The latest on al-Obeidy's status:

Reports are coming in that [she] has not been freed from custody.

Her mother, Aisha Ahmed, say in an interview with Al-Jazeera that her daughter was being held at Gaddafi's Bab Al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli. Her claims contradict the official line from Tripoli which says she was released and five people arrested over her rape accusations. al-Obeidi was dragged away by security officials after rushing into a hotel full of foreign reporters on Saturday. "I don't feel ashamed, instead my head is up high," she says in the interview and says her daughter "broke the barrier that no other man could break". Holding the Libyan opposition flag around her shoulders, Ahmed calls al-Obeidi "a hostage, taken by the tyrants."

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