Egypt isn’t officially a war zone, but journalists are finding themselves the targets of both protestors and police, with more than a few either arrested by the authorities or attacked by a mob. You can now add CNN’s Anderson Cooper to the latter group.
Steve Brusk, CNN Political Unit Coverage Manager in Washington, DC, reported on his Twitter account that Anderson was punched 10 times in the head as a mob of supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak surrounded him and his crew. They had been trying to cover a demonstration in the streets of Cairo.
“Got roughed up by thugs in pro-mubarak crowd..punched and kicked repeatedly. Had to escape. Safe now,” Cooper himself tweeted.
CNN footage from Cairo at one point showed men on horseback and camelback charging into a crowd in Tahrir Square, knocking people aside and striking others with whips. While the riders enjoyed an advantage while on their steeds, at least one was pulled from his horse and then beaten by the mob.
Cooper’s video on beating