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Anderson Cooper Punched Cairo

Anderson Cooper Punched Cairo - CNN’s Anderson Cooper said he and his crew were punched and kicked in Cairo Wednesday by supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, but that they escaped with just scratches as anti-government protests turned deadly.

The incident occurred as supporters of Mubarak rushed a crowd of his detractors, charging on horses and camels and wielding sticks and petrol bombs. The anti-Mubarak protesters fought back by throwing rocks at their attackers.

Cooper told Reuters in a phone interview from Egypt that he and his CNN crew were walking through a crowd of Mubarak supporters heading toward the melee, when a man tried to grab their camera.

Members of the crowd punched and kicked Cooper in the head and body, and set upon the rest of the crew, including female producer Maryanne Fox, he said.

“We were moving quickly and a bunch of guys who hit us were also on the move, a lot of it was sort of glancing blows,” Cooper said.

The TV journalist said he and his crew escaped with just scratches, but that the crowd tried to tear off Fox’s clothes.

“There was some thought that maybe someone in the crowd recognized me, but I couldn’t know for sure,” Cooper said. “I think anyone with a camera is under threat in that crowd.”

Escorted by some of the protesters, the journalists were able to get away to a building where they ascended several stories and described the melee in a broadcast on CNN.

Anderson Cooper Punched Cairo

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