CNN anchor Anderson Cooper was “punched 10 times” in the head by pro-Mubarak supporters in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday. This disturbing news from Cairo is only the latest distressing tidbit to come out of the protests in Egypt in the last few hours, and it comes direct from Anderson Cooper and a CNN coverage manager, Steve Brusk.
The attack took place at about 6a local Tucson time; to put that in perspective, Tucson’s time zone is a full nine hours behind Cairo, Egypt.
Anderson Cooper Punched In Head and Kicked ‘Repeatedly’ By Pro-Mubarak Mob
Ever since pro-Mubarak regime supporters entered the picture within the last day or so, the levels of tension and potential violence in Egypt have increased exponentially. Multiple molotov cocktails are being hurled from rooftops into crowds of anti-Mubarak protesters, and an Egyptian Army vehicle has reportedly been overturned.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper, punched and kicked in Cairo today, told the world Egyptian “soldiers did nothing” when he and his crew were attacked, and appear to be in something of a holding pattern when it comes to the chaos unfolding in the streets. Widespread scenes of violence, fire-starting and looting are all being reported. CNN is reporting many head injuries resulting from the violence, despite an initial lack of weapons. Now that the pro-Mubarak protesters have stepped into the streets en masse, a sort of boiling point has been reached.
Violence In Egypt Escalates, CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper Attacked
The first news of Anderson Cooper punched in the head came when CNN’s Steve Brusk took to Twitter at about 4p Cairo time (9a EST) Wednesday to tweet this message: “Anderson said he was punched 10 times in the head as pro-Mubarak mob surrounded him and his crew trying to cover the demonstration.”
Anderson Cooper then tweeted a first-hand account of his ordeal, saying, “Got roughed up by thugs in pro-Mubarak crowd.. Punched and kicked repeatedly. Had to escape. Safe now.”
At 9a Tucson time (6p in Cairo), Anderson Cooper was live on CNN reporting from the scene and explained how the pro-Mubarak mob has escalated over the past several hours, and how the armed forces appear to be doing nothing. “They [pro-Mubarak forces] want to create violence. They want to attack the anti-Mubarak protesters who have been peaceful for nine days.”
Now, with mass amounts of molotov cocktails being thrown by the pro-Mubarak mob into vast crowds of anti-Mubarak protesters, reportedly including women and children, Anderson says, “The people in the Square may be trapped.”