'Shame on you!' women protesters tell Strauss-Kahn

23rd August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Some two dozen women outside a US courthouse on Tuesday protested a prosecutor's decision to seek a dismissal of sexual assault charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Carrying placards that read "DSK shame on you and the DA too!" and "Nafissatou, we believe you," the women demonstrated ahead of a hearing Tuesday that was expected to see all charges dropped against the former IMF head.

Prosecutors in the case said they no longer trust accounts of the alleged crime that they had been told by the accuser, hotel chambermaid Nafissatou Diallo.

But the outraged protesters called the district attorney's decision a miscarriage of justice.

"We want the DA to continue to press charges against DSK," said Alison Turkos, from Slut Walk NYC, a group combating sexual violence against women.

The case also resonated with demonstrator Betty Maloney, 65, who said she had been raped more than 40 years ago in Detroit, Michigan, and that police dropped the case because of a "lack of evidence."

Maloney said not only should Strauss-Kahn be tried, but that the International Monetary Fund, the organization he led until the scandal broke, should be held to account for policies that critics say have hurt, rather than helped the developing world.

"Through its policies, the IMF rapes third world countries. It has created the flow of immigrants we see today," she said.

"DSK is not only involved in raping third world countries, but he has also done that through his physical action," said Maloney.

Strauss-Kahn was set to walk free Tuesday after New York prosecutors said they could no longer prove sexual assault beyond a reasonable doubt due to the alleged victim's lies.

Judge Michael Obus was expected to approve a prosecution motion to dismiss all charges against Strauss-Kahn, 62, who was forced by the scandal to resign as head of the International Monetary Fund and shelve his French presidential dreams.

© 2011 AFP

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