ABC’s Christiane Amanpour was among the journalists targeted by pro-government demonstrators in Cairo today (CNN’s Anderson Cooper was attacked and punched in the most physical of the confrontations).
Amanpour was riding in a car with her ABC crew after attempting to record protesters on the bridge into Tahrir Square. As Amanpour described the attack:
An angry mob surrounded us and chased us into the car shouting that they hate America. They kicked in the car doors and broke our windshield as we drove away.
As Amanpour reports, the sudden increase in violence–including automatic gunfire and molotov cocktails being thrown into the crowd–has sent ripples of panic through the city. “The overwhelming feeling on the street is one of fear, of how this is now going to go. If Mubarak leaves precipitously, there could be real chaos.”
Amanpour and crew were unhurt. The This Week host leads a group of ABC journalists including World News weekend anchor David Muir, who was in the crowds as protesters were pulled from horseback and beaten.
Watch Amanpour’s report for GMA here, from ABC:
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