Anderson Cooper Attacked by 'Pro-Mubarak' Mob in Cairo


Anderson Cooper reports that he and his crew were attacked by a mob in Cairo as the protests escalate.

Violence has broken out between anti-Mubarak and pro-government supporters:

By early afternoon, an Associated Press reporter saw Mubarak supporters break through a human chain of anti-government protesters trying to defend thousands gathered in Tahrir. They tore down banners denouncing the president and fistfights broke out as they advanced across the massive square in the heart of the capital. A number of those involved were injured and some were bleeding from their heads.

The anti-government protesters grabbed Mubarak posters from the hands of the supporters and ripped them.

The confrontations began just hours after a military spokesman went on national television and asked the protesters to disperse so life in Egypt could go back to normal. During the clashes, soldiers and tanks who have been guarding the square did not appear to intervene.

Some video of the clashes and Anderson's description of the attack, AFTER THE JUMP...

Anderson Cooper describes the attacks:

Footage of some of the clashes, which, despite the title of the clip, doesn't have anything to do with the attack on the CNN crew:

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  1. Not the face! Not the face!

    Posted by: AC'sPretendBF | Feb 2, 2011 9:32:49 AM

  2. Hope Anderson is Okay.. but they really should use a real journalist to do this reporting -- perhaps one that knows Arabic.. Anderson is not a journalist..

    Posted by: Anonymous | Feb 2, 2011 9:41:50 AM

  3. miss anderson is always sticking her nose where it don't belong, except up her boyfriends ass. now why couldn't she find a nice egyptian boy to help her out here.

    Posted by: cupcakes | Feb 2, 2011 10:07:28 AM

  4. What is the Arabian nights?!

    Those horse whippers are asking for a civil war.

    Posted by: Chris | Feb 2, 2011 10:10:11 AM

  5. mubarak supporters? do they even matter anymore

    he is out

    He and the USA that has enabeled him to stay in power for 30 yrs have conceded that he won't run again and at least is out by sepetember

    Posted by: | Feb 2, 2011 10:12:13 AM

  6. This is a ploy by Mubarak to cling to power-- have hired thugs cause chaos so daddy can come in and restore order. It ain't gonna work though.

    Posted by: Derek Pearce | Feb 2, 2011 10:18:44 AM

  7. um...i love him but this is for show and ratings. Just like his superhero stint in haiti.

    Posted by: uh huh | Feb 2, 2011 10:21:45 AM

  8. Serves him right. He's in over his head when he interviews people in a NY studio, let alone in the middle of a developing country's revolution.

    Posted by: tcw | Feb 2, 2011 10:23:01 AM

  9. Wow! You people are harsh!

    Anderson, I'm a doctor and would be happy to nurse your wounds....

    Posted by: Jeff | Feb 2, 2011 10:26:32 AM

  10. hey dr. jeff, i'm sure you are gorgeous, but if that makes up the bulk of your qualifications, I will seek medical help elsewhere

    Posted by: uh huh | Feb 2, 2011 10:30:35 AM

  11., the Mubarak supporters (the police in plainclothes, according to people on the ground) matter inasmuch as they've been brought in to introduce violence into the mix. Reports of agent provocateurs started coming in late last week as people identified plainclothes police looting and actively encouraging the rest of the protesters to join in.

    They will be successful if the anti-Mubarek protesters are drawn into the violence, because they will be able to point at them and say "See! We told you!" and retain control of the police-state. It remains to be seen what the Army will do, although the police are now attacking people with rocks and whips so hopefully the Army will step in and put a hard stop to it.

    Posted by: NaughtyLola | Feb 2, 2011 10:37:38 AM

  12. To paraphrase some other bloggers, when you attack my "Boo" you are officially an enemy of mine.
    Go Democracy!

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Feb 2, 2011 10:49:44 AM

  13. have NO idea. Post a comment with some intelligence after you've done some research

    Posted by: Jeff | Feb 2, 2011 11:07:23 AM

  14. Wonder what Ms. Palin, Ms. Bachman, Ms. Angle et al think of the pro-Mubarak factions exercising their "2nd Amendment remedies" and turning what had been a pro-democracy movement into a violent melee ?

    Posted by: nyrkr | Feb 2, 2011 11:10:04 AM

  15. my bad. you are clearly ugly

    Posted by: uh huh | Feb 2, 2011 11:12:13 AM

  16. Crazy thugs! AC- I am coming to your rescue. PS- who exactly would count as a real journalist if Anderson doesn't? Who the hell else would go to these pathetic areas and report on these hoodlums? Get AC/Americans back and nuke the place!

    Posted by: Jim | Feb 2, 2011 11:34:55 AM

  17. Re: Anderson Cooper reporting on the scene, there are no scripts for this kind of thing, I find it hard to believe it's all 'a big stunt' -- his reporting from New Orleans after Katrina demonstrates his character in this. I fully admit that TV is an even more cynical business than ever, so maybe there's something to some of these criticisms... BUT some of the comments so far are stunningly small minded and inane, ("my bad. you are clearly ugly." really?) and make me wonder who's really here and what their agenda might be. Agent(s) Provocateurs indeed. Sometimes the news you read online is shocking or depressing; but sometimes the comments even more so.

    Posted by: JauntyJohn | Feb 2, 2011 11:50:58 AM

  18. Put em up! Put em up! I'll fight you with one paw behind me back!!

    Posted by: AdamL | Feb 2, 2011 12:41:33 PM

  19. Put em up! Put em up! I'll fight you with one paw behind me back!!

    Posted by: AdamL | Feb 2, 2011 12:41:33 PM


    I love the Wizard of Oz; no brain, no heart, no courage. Now what or who could the author have been alluding to?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 2, 2011 12:55:33 PM

  20. jim

    nuke the place?


    Cairo just happens to have the renmains of the oldest human civilization on the planet

    Th recent discovery of egyptian hieroglyphs predating (cuneiform)writing in summeria knocks summeria off the pedastel as the oldest civilization

    & Jim, when the egyptians were building the pyramids....your own ancestors were picking and eating the lice off of each other's hairy backs

    (side note, yeah the Copts are the closest genetic relatives to ancient egyptians as vs the majority now in egypt being mostly semitic /arabian invaders descent)

    Posted by: | Feb 2, 2011 2:10:10 PM

  21. Hands off my Anderson! Don't make me come over there!

    Posted by: Jack M | Feb 2, 2011 2:19:57 PM

  22. Obama and Hillary are also pro-Mubarak. But the fags wouldn't know it.

    Posted by: Who cares | Feb 2, 2011 2:59:10 PM

  23. President Obama and Secretary Clinton are not Pro-Mubarak. They simply do not want to set a (Obama administration) precedent where a foreign nation advocates the overthrow of a sitting government.
    Secretly, they are most likely hoping Democracy wins the day.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Feb 2, 2011 3:07:57 PM

  24. actually , every USA administration has been pro mubarak for the past 30 years whether R or D

    Posted by: | Feb 2, 2011 3:21:49 PM

  25. ▲ I understand the strategic military value Egypt has had and the value peace between Israel and Egypt has had since the Camp David accords. But once demonstrations like this take place we must re-evaluate where we stand on those things versus the right of the people to determine their own government.
    If we truly believe in Democracy in the world, we have to come down on the side of the people. But, like I said, we can't set a precedent where we advocate the overthrow of a sitting government either.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Feb 2, 2011 3:35:45 PM

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