Clashing protesters have escalated the violence in Cairo, and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper was beaten while covering the protests. On the streets of Cairo, pro-government and anti-government protesters have started a series of ongoing brawls and outright mob warfare. Mubarak supporters are reportedly terrorizing journalists.
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper beaten as protesters clash
The beating of CNN anchor Anderson Cooper happened while he was covering the street violence in Egypt, according to the New York Times. In order to cover the protests, CNN sent Cooper to Cairo with a news crew. The attack happened amid warfare in the streets in Tahrir Square in Cairo between the anti-government and pro-government supporters. It seemed as if Anderson Cooper wasn’t really hurt in a later CNN broadcast, even though he was punched in the head at least 10 times. Still, reporters and news crews have been targeted by President Hosni Mubarak supporters.
The Tahrir Square battle
Street violence between rival groups of demonstrators has erupted in several areas of Cairo. CNN reports that Tahrir Square is now a battlefield near the Egyptian Museum that was looted. In order to make barricades, there have been vehicles overturned, and both parties keeping going at it. There has been gun fire and tear gas. Many buildings have been set on fire. The Egyptian army has tried to stop the protesters. President Mubarak has promised to step down after his term expires later this year, but those concessions matter little to many who consider him a dictator.
Possible end to violence with army call
The Al Jazeera reports that the Egyptian army has asked mobs to stop violent activity. Army spokesman Ismail Etman went on TV to ask that people stop fighting and return home. Etman wanted the “honest men of Egypt” to “look forward to the future.” The army has repeatedly affirmed it would not use force to quell protests and that anti-government protesters have valid concerns.
New York Times: http://nytimes.com/2011/02/03/world/middleeast/03journalists.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
Al Jazeera: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/02/20112210516616914.html
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