"There's a number of individuals who have come on the pro-Mubarak side today to get into a fight," said Cooper, who added that pro-Mubarak agitators are targeting anyone with a camera. "They're beating up people in the streets. We just heard a long volley of shots. We're seeing more molotov cocktails being thrown, and it's dark now, so it seems even more risky now that night has come."
Cooper said that the violence marked a turning point for the protests in
This isn't the first time that Cooper has become part of the story he's covering. While reporting in
"To me, the story today is not me being attacked, it's the melee that continues," he added. "This is a stunning development, and it's not clear what kind of impact it's going to have. Is it going to enrage people who'd been standing on the sidelines to see these anti-Mubarak protesters attacked in such an organized way, with the Egyptian military standing by not doing anything to intervene? Perhaps. Will it scare people? Maybe it will have that effect. We don't know."
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