RT cameraman beaten as Morsi supporters attack protesters (VIDEO)

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RT’s Mukhtar Ahmed was beaten and suffered a head injury whilehe was trying to protect his camera as a gang of men armed withsticks and knifes attacked a group of activists and journalists whowere covering the event near the Muslim Brotherhood’sheadquarters.The injured crewmember was immediately rushed to the nearesthospital where he needed stitches. A number of other journalistswere reportedly beaten and assaulted.RT’s camera was broken and stolen, so the video has beenprovided by the Syrian Al-ikhbaria news channel.The attackers may have been Islamic supporters of the MuslimBrotherhood, they assaulted both those drawing anti-governmentslogans and journalist covering the event, RT’s crew said. Journalists were invited tocover the event organized by a small group of activists against, asthey called him, the “puppet dictator MohamedMorsi.”Egypt is in an endless state of unrest with anti-governmentprotests being staged across the whole country. Such events oftenend with clashes between supporters and opponents of the Islamistpresident.Tear gas shot at Morsi protestersEarlier on Saturday, a number of people were injured andsuffered intoxication as police fired teargas at Morsi protestersin the city of Sohag.Thousands took to the streets around Thaqafa Square in Sohag,protesting against Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party, accusingthem of monopolizing the power and breaking their promises fordemocratic reforms.Police had to use force including teargas to quell the angrycrowd.Earlier in the day, protesters had attempted to storm theassembly where Morsi was holding a meeting with theofficials.  Supporters of the president intervened to stop thecrowd that gathered on Akhmim Bridge across from Sohag’sadministrative governorate building. Police used teargas there aswell.The Egyptian leader was forced to cancel his attendance at thelocal university as hundreds of students gathered there chanting,”President Morsi, we do not want you.”The official visit of the leader and Prime Minister HishamQandil to Sohag is part of the overall development plan for UpperEgypt and as part of the National Housing Project, which includesconstruction of 1,272 new housing units in Sohag, one of Egypt’spoorest southern cities.“Sohag is the heart of al-Saeed, which cannot be dismemberedfrom Egypt or Egyptians,” Morsi said.“We have received all of your requests and suggestions thatyou put forth and we will look into them,” he said, adding thathousing, jobs, roads and security will be reviewed by thegovernment.His speech was strongly supported by his followers, who chantedthat they were willing to put their lives on the line in support ofthe president and Muslim Brotherhood.

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RT cameraman beaten as Morsi supporters attack protesters (VIDEO)

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