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article imageCNN's Anderson Cooper attacked, punched by Mubarak supporters

By Andrew Moran     Feb 2, 2011 in Politics
Cairo - CNN anchor Anderson Cooper has been reportedly attacked by Hosni Mubarak supporters in Cairo. Protestors surrounded Cooper and his crew and punched the host of "Anderson Cooper 360."
On Wednesday, supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak began to attack protestors in Egypt. The two sides reportedly threw stones at each other in the Tahrir Square. It’s unclear if anyone was injured or killed.
The story was picked up after a message on Twitter. It started with a tweet by CNN producer Steve Brusk who wrote: “Anderson said he was punched 10 times in the head as pro-Mubarak mob surrounded him and his crew trying to cover demonstration.”
In an interview with CNN, Anderson Cooper said that none of the CNN crew was hurt in the attack. The attack was launched because, according to Cooper, the attackers didn’t want to be on camera and began to go after the equipment.
Protestors rally in the streets of downtown Cairo against the nearly 30-year-rule of President Mubar...
Protestors rally in the streets of downtown Cairo against the nearly 30-year-rule of President Mubarak.
“The crowd kept throwing more punches and kicks, trying to grab us, it was pandemonium,” said Cooper. "There was really no control to it. A young man would just come up, look at you, and then punch you in the face.”
Cooper and his crew were being attacked for five minutes. They then retreated from the Tahrir Square safely to a nearby building.
The situation in Egypt has intensified over the past several days. Supporters of Mubarak have joined the demonstrations and are clashing with anti-Mubarak protestors, according to the Associated Press.
Journalists have been roughed up and one Belgian reporter was detained and beaten due to accusations that he was a spy, reports Reporters Without Borders.
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