CNN’s Anderson Cooper attacked twice in Egypt, punched 10 times in the head
Anderson Cooper and his crew attacked in Egypt
For the second day in a row, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper was attacked yesterday in Egypt where he is covering the massive protests that started January 25. He Tweeted yesterday, "Situation on ground in #egypt very tense. Vehicle I was in attacked. My window smashed. All ok."
The day before, pro-government forces attacked Cooper and his crew at a demonstration near Tahrir Square in Cairo, reports Gawker. Steve Brusk, CNN political unit coverage manager, Tweeted, "Anderson said he was punched 10 times in the head."
"A man jumped out of the crowd and tried to push us around... It sort of allowed other people in the crowd to focus on us. Other people came out of the crowd. Somebody punched me in the head, and from there things escalated quickly," Cooper told The Huffington Post. "They were following us, screaming at us, ripping at our clothes." According to the report, a few people tried in vain to help them while Egyptian soldiers watched.
"There was no rhyme or reason to it-it was just people looking for a fight, looking to make a point, and punching us," Cooper said, according to Gawker.
Meanwhile, ABC News reporter Christiane Amanpour filed a report saying she was also attacked in Egypt, TMZ reported on Wednesday. "An angry mob surrounded us and chased us into the car shouting that they hate America. They kicked in the car doors and broke our windshield as we drove away." According to the report, CBS anchor Katie Couric was also "roughed up" in Cairo.
Yesterday, the AP and The Huffington Post reported that foreign journalists were "beaten with sticks and fists" in Cairo and dozens were said to have been detained. "There is a concerted campaign to intimidate international journalists in Cairo and interfere with their reporting. We condemn such actions," U.S. State Department Spokesman P.J. Crowley said.