Another country, another riot
Earlier today, Ben Wedeman described on the air how he, Tommy, and Mary Rogers had a rough time with police, who tore the camera out of Mary’s hands while she was filming.
At about 1:00 local time the crew -- Mary Rogers, Tommy Evans and I -- were right off Tahrir Square when we were between a group of protesters and a very large group of policemen, plain clothed and otherwise. And they sort of -- about 12 of them gathered around us, threatening to beat us with their clubs and sticks, and, you know, they wanted to take the camera.
We struggled with them to keep the camera, but they broke it. They broke it and then just took it away.
On AC360 tonight, he also described Tommy going practically eyeball-to-eyeball with one of the cops in an attempt to get the camera back (to no avail, sadly.)
And Sharon managed to grab this off the CNN webcam -- Tommy checking out what is happening on the street outside their hotel: