Foreign journalists and activists in Egypt were attacked

Posted by David Khoirul

As government opponents pushed supporters out of Cairo's main square in a second day of battles, people backing President Hosni Mubarak attacked foreigners, including journalists and human rights activists, on Thursday. Organizers called for protesters trying to topple the regime to fill every square in the huge capital on Friday.

While our Indonesian students in Cairo started to return home on Tuesday, the internet in Egypt restored on Wednesday, allowing Egyptians to post tweets, update blog posts or upload videos.

For a second straight day, looting and arson erupted and gangs of thugs supporting Mubarak attacked anti- government demonstrators, foreigners and journalists.

At least eight people have been killed, and hundreds injured, in the violence.

Meanwhile SFGATE wrote:

One Greek journalist was stabbed in the leg with a screwdriver, and a photographer was punched in the face, his equipment smashed. The Arabic news network Al-Arabiya pleaded for the army to protect its offices and journalists, and Al- Jazeera said four of its correspondents were attacked. The BBC's foreign editor said security forces had seized the network's equipment in a hotel to stop it broadcasting.

In an interview with ABC on Thursday, Mubarak said, "I am fed up. After 62 years in public service, I have had enough. I want to go."

[via CTV and SFGate]

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